The ACC In-house Counsel Certification Program is open to licensed attorneys who either:

a) are currently employed as in-house counsel (no minimum experience required), or
b) previously have been employed as in-house counsel (for a minimum of one year).

An in-house counsel is an individual who is engaged in the active practice of law employed by an organization in either the private or public sector, does not have regulatory, enforcement, or policymaking responsibilities; nor works in an institution with such authority; and does not hold himself/herself out to the public for the practice of law. 

The following are ineligible for the ACC In-house Counsel Certification Program:

  • Individuals whose responsibility may include selling or providing services to individuals or organizations who are not their employer. This would include individuals who work for companies that provide legal services such as headhunters, contract attorneys, law firms, and temporary agencies.
  • Individuals whose responsibilities include sales, marketing and business development in the legal market.
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