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It's not easy to get a job as in-house counsel. If you don't have a connection inside the company, you're largely left with just your resume and cover letter to make an impression. So your resume should wow, as much as a resume can.

A resume summary statement can help you grab attention by providing a quick, succinct "I'm qualified!" at the top of your resume. Some argue, however, that it wastes valuable resume space. Should you bother with one or not?

It's the largest regional trade agreement in history, encompassing 12 Pacific Rim nations, 800 million people, and 40 percent of global GDP. It took years of negotiations and a special act of Congress before terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership could be finalized on Monday.

The TPP could significantly change how business is done from the Straight of Magellan to Kuala Lumpur. That is, if it makes it through. The agreement faces strong opposition from environmentalists, unions, human rights advocates, and, as of Wednesday afternoon, Hillary Clinton. Here's what you need to know about the TPP:

When corporate execs dream of the perfect in-house counsel, what comes to mind? What particular skills and expertise do potential legal department lawyers need to make them the ideal in-house lawyer?

Unsurprisingly, the characteristics of a successful BigLaw attorney aren't the same as a great in-house lawyer or general counsel. In-house attorneys require a specific set of practice skills that will allow them to meet the broad needs of the business, as well as the interpersonal abilities to allow them to work alongside non-lawyers.

Remember 1L year, when you told everyone you were seriously considering a public interest career? Or when you started at your firm, thinking you would take on plenty of pro bono on the side? Well, you don't have to give up the "good" part of practicing when you go in-house.

Plenty of corporate legal departments have longstanding pro bono programs. If yours doesn't, you can make it yourself, even if your department is small and under resourced. Here's how:

If you ask typical young lawyers how they envision their career path, you'll likely hear a pretty uniform response. Join a big firm, perhaps after clerking. After a few years as an associate, become a junior partner. Divorce. Work your way to senior partner and wonder where your life went. Of course, plenty of lawyers will change course half way, leaving to hang their own shingle, work for a nonprofit, or take up a new career -- but the usual path is clear.

For in-house counsel? Not so much. Career paths and career advancement for corporate counsel can vary greatly between industries, companies, and individuals. However, some general patterns remain common across in-house careers.

Violating the Americans with Disabilities Act is a simple way to end up on the losing end of a lawsuit. Fail to comply with ADA public accommodation requirements and you could find yourself sued for counters that are too high, aisles that are too narrow, and now, even websites that are inaccessible to people with disabilities.

The Department of Justice announced way back in 2010 that it was revising ADA regulations to ensure accessibility and nondiscrimination on the Internet. Five years later, little headway has been made. Don't let that trick you into complacency, however. In the DOJ's view, the ADA already applies to the Internet. Responsible GCs should ensure that their company websites are ADA accessible sooner rather than later.

If you’ve been woken up by a databreach nightmare recently, you wouldn’t be the only one. From the federal government to garden-variety cheaters, it seems that no one is safe from hackers these days. For a GC, few things are worse than being notified that the company’s confidential data has been compromised.

Don’t let yourself be paralyzed by data breach fears, however. Careful planning can help companies avoid data breaches and respond quickly and effectively should they occur. These three questions can help get your legal department started on that process.

If your company is looking to do business in China, it's not alone. China has quickly become one of the world's largest consumer markets and manufacturing nations, making business in China ever more common -- despite the Chinese market's recent turmoil.

When a company starts looking towards China, its legal department needs to prepare. Doing business with China is unique in many respects and poses particular issues and challenges for American in-house counsel. Here are five considerations to keep at the forefront when preparing to do business in China:

Whether you're a legal department of one or in charge of a behemoth in-house team, managing a legal department is no easy task -- especially if you're doing it blindly. How exactly do you track your performance or know if you are maximizing your department's resources?

Metrics, of course. Thankfully, Thomson Reuters, FindLaw's parent company, has an extensive series on legal department metrics over at its Corporate Counsel Blog. We think these metrics should be integrated into every in-house teams' practice. Here are some highlights:

If you're an Anglophile or just in-house at a company that does frequent work with the Brits -- either way, you might benefit from becoming a solicitor in England and Wales. Becoming a solicitor (that's English for "attorney") can help you understand the laws and regulations of England and Wales and can even allow you to practice in the United Kingdom, should the need ever arise.

Becoming a solicitor is actually quite feasible. According to Above the Law, a committed in-house attorney could accomplish the task in a matter of months.