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Leadership for Attorneys in Business Certificate

Our program is designed for in-house counsel, offering the essential concepts, skills, tools, and resources to become an essential leader. Bookmark this page to stay updated on future session dates.

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Elevate your legal career through professional development

Willamette designed the Leadership for Attorneys in Business Certificate program to empower in-house counsel to navigate their organization more effectively. Learn how to think like the executive committee or top managers who don't operate within the legal industry. Lawyers and business professionals approach problems differently, which is why our course can help attorneys navigate the difference. Become invaluable to your organization and learn how to better assist business problems through an attorney's lens.

Our program fosters the development of trusted advisers and leaders who can address issues from the perspective of business decision-makers.

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Karen Sandrik

Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Business Lawyering Institute and Director of the Certificate Program in Law and Business

Karen teaches lawyers on how to view their job as value-added service to their organizations.

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Sukhsimranjit Singh

Managing Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Associate Professor of Law and Practice at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law

Sukhsimranjit teaches negotiations, communications, and conflict resolution.

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Jo Smith

Certified Management Consultant, executive coach, and speaker

Jo teaches leadership and leadership development.

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Nicole Thibodeau

Associate Professor of Accounting Practice

Nicole teaches financial reports and decisions.

Why choose our

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Our program is highly interactive, reinforced by real-life examples from seasoned practitioners. Join a community of in-house attorneys who share similar experiences, challenges, and opportunities. Create a dynamic network with a focus on attorney leadership programs and management training for lawyers.

Our four-day program incorporates faculty from both the MBA program and the College of Law, as well as industry practitioners. Historically, Willamette's program has earned approval for 24 Oregon CLE credits and 24.5 Washington CLE credits. 

Our program also includes an opening dinner and an individual one-hour leadership coaching session. Meet other individuals in similar roles while learning more about business development strategies.

A valuable learning experience

The LAB program equips you with the skills to:

  • Offer legal counsel that drives the achievement of business goals.
  • Comprehend financial reporting and understand the financial impact of legal advice.
  • Master communication and negotiation skills to build cross-functional consensus and drive results.
  • Cultivate relationships with key decision-makers and frame advice for maximum impact.
  • Enhance your finance, marketing, and business development skills.


True leadership training for lawyers

Our four-day program will ensure lawyers and attorneys will bring more value to executive meetings. Participants can expect to spend time reviewing personal strengths, leadership styles, and even create a leadership development plan. Next, participants will learn about topics like income statements, cash flow records, and find the intersection of law and management decisions.

The program will also discuss how businesses define objectives and how to recognize the separation of law and the organization. Whether you're looking to learn more about business development plans or strategic planning, Willamette's certificate program is here to help. You can also develop strong management skills through our program. Become proficient and learn more about business development for attorneys.

Certificate details

This program equips attorneys with the skills, knowledge, and mindset needed to excel. Whether you're aiming for career advancement, fulfilling CLE requirements, or gaining a deeper understanding of leadership, this program will help.

Students can visit the program at the Willamette Portland Center, located at 200 SW Market Street, Suite 101, in Portland, Oregon. To ensure a comfortable stay, we also provide discounted rates at nearby hotels within walking distance of our Portland campus. If you're interested in business development training for lawyers, contact our team to learn about our discounted rates.

On-site parking is readily available. We offer access to an underground parking garage, ensuring easy accessibility for attendees focusing on attorney leadership programs.

The cost for our 4-day program is $3,950. This includes registration fees, course materials, an opening event with experienced general counsels, and a one-hour individual leadership coaching session. This comprehensive fee represents a valuable investment in your future as a leader.

Enroll in the Leadership for Attorneys in Business Certificate program today to become an indispensable leader in your organization.

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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 at 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 at 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.