Leadership for Attorneys in Business

A sophisticated four-day professional development program for Associate and General Counsels, offered through Willamette MBA's Executive Development Center.

This unique program provides in-house attorneys with the concepts, skills and tools to become indispensable to their organizations. Participants learn to be trusted advisers and organizational leaders by understanding and thinking about business issues the way business decision-makers do.

Why Leadership for Attorneys in Business?

This highly interactive program reinforces learning with real-life stories and examples from experienced practitioners. Participants learn to be better lawyers, advisers and leaders, enhancing their organizational value and professional satisfaction. This program provides an opportunity to connect and engage with other in-house attorneys who share similar experiences, challenges and opportunities. 

A Valuable Learning Experience

Participants will increase their effectiveness and value to their organizations by learning to:

  • Offer legal advice that enables the achievement of business goals
  • Understand financial reporting and the financial impact of legal advice
  • Work effectively with interdisciplinary teams and internal clients
  • Build relationships with key decision-makers and frame advice for maximum impact

Who Should Attend?

General and associate counsel who want to become invaluable members of their management and executive teams. This program is designed especially for in-house attorneys, though we welcome private practice attorneys who want to better understand the business environment of their legal advising.

A Dynamic Program

Taught by faculty from Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management and College of Law as well as industry practitioners, the 4-day program is highly interactive and individualized. It has historically been approved for 24 Oregon CLEs and 24.5 Washington CLEs.

Participants receive a one-hour follow-up leadership coaching session as part of the program tuition, and additional coaching is available. 

Program Details

Spring 2022

May 9 - 12, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Location: Portland Campus

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What recent executives and participants say:

"The Atkinson program deserves credit for helping our Assistant General counsel advance in the Company's leadership ranks. He has worked hard on the business side of the Company, and is doing well transitioning from looking at things first from the legal perspective, to taking a broader, more comprehensive view of the Company's strategic goals and projects. I'm very encouraged, and think the program was a worthwhile investment."

Corey J. Parks
Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel
Les Schwab Tire Centers


"Traveling to Portland from Indianapolis was well worth the trip. The WU LAB program was very well managed and full of substantively helpful content. Each instructor is an expert who shared tips to help with our professional legal development and career."

Julie Ragsdale
VP and Associate General Counsel
Strada Education Network

Willamette University

Executive Development Center

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

Portland Campus

200 SW Market Street, Suite 101
Portland Oregon 97201 U.S.A.

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