What's it like to be a Legal Manager?
Legal Managers oversee all legal matters within a company. The role includes reviewing contracts, ensuring compliance with regulations, and advising on potential legal risks. Legal Managers work closely with various teams and help ensure the company operates ethically and within the law. It is typically a high-pressure role, with little to no room for error.
Tasks and duties
- Overseeing the legal department of a company.
- Developing and implementing legal strategies and policies.
- Ensuring compliance with laws and regulations.
- Reviewing and negotiating contracts and agreements.
- Providing legal advice and guiding executives and other departments.
- Managing litigation and disputes.
- Conducting legal research and staying up-to-date on legal developments.
- Hiring, training, and supervising legal staff.
- Collaborating with outside counsel and other legal professionals.
- Managing the legal budget and expenses.
How to become a Legal Manager
To work as a Legal Manager you’ll need to acquire a relevant degree and have experience in the legal field.
Complete a bachelor degree in a related field such as law, political science, philosophy, or economics. You may then further your education by pursuing a Juris Doctor degree.
Enter a non-managerial role in an organization's legal department, such as Legal Assistant. This position will help develop your understanding of the organization's legal matters.
Pass the Philippine Bar Exam, which the Supreme Court of the Philippines administers annually.
Consider additional degrees such as a Master of Science or Ph.D. in a specific area besides your law degree, depending on the industry.
Aim to attain the highest legal position within the organization such as Chief Legal Officer.