Many corporations hire in-house legal counsel. Routine legal matters of the organization can be handled more efficiently and economically by the corporation's own legal staff. Normally, the lawyer in charge of corporate legal matters is the General Counsel. Many smaller and some larger corporations farm out all their legal work to private firms. However, the practice of hiring in-house council to handle most legal problems is becoming more prevalent.

The legal department attorney may be involved in a variety of areas such as contracts, sales and secured transactions, securities, taxation, real property, administrative law, acquisitions, and franchise law. Although some companies hire recent graduates to work in house, many look for people with at least a few years of experience.