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251.73 sec. 001 - Being General Counsel (Fall 2021)

Instructor: Seth Jaffe  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Mark LeHocky  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


    Th 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
    Location: Law 145
    From August 19, 2021
    To November 23, 2021

Course Start: August 19, 2021
Course End: November 23, 2021
Class Number: 31809

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 24
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 10/16 06:12 PM

This course takes a deep dive into the role of general counsel and their work with internal and external clients and colleagues. We look at what a GC does every day and what types of issues come across their desks, including an array of business, social and political issues. Through guest presentations, lecture, readings and a series of exercises, students learn who the GC is accountable to, their role as a corporate leader and strategist, and what qualities world-class general counsels share.

We also address the behavioral science impacting decision-making, communications issues, and the human aspects of the role. This includes how a GC deals with individual and organizational issues, manages through crisis events, layoffs, and other difficult conversations, how to assess and work with outside counsel, and how to address the legal and ethical issues around doing what’s right, even when it’s not popular. We also look at the various career paths toward becoming a general counsel.

1. Class participation in discussions, exercises and simulations
2. Written, oral, and video evaluations of scenarios and presentation of alternatives and advice, including self-reflective analysis

• Mark LeHocky, Former public company general counsel (Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Inc.; Ross Stores, Inc.); Mediator and Arbitrator; and Adjunct Faculty at Haas Graduate School of Business. JD, Berkeley Law. See
• Seth Jaffe, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Levi Strauss & Co.; formerly general counsel to William-Sonoma, Inc.; and formerly practicing at the McCutchen law firm in San Francisco. JD, University of Michigan Law School. See

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Business Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
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