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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.

The St. Louis Cardinals were reportedly caught stealing more than bases from the Houston Astros last week. An employee for the Red Birds allegedly breached the Astros' private database of player information, notes and trade discussions, leading the FBI to announce an investigation into the foul play.

There's plenty of lessons to learn from the Astros' breach, which was less cloak and dagger corporate espionage, and more simple failure to implement basic data protection steps. Here's what in-house counsel needs to know to help prevent their company from falling victim to nefarious MLB franchises -- or anyone else.

Asian American lawyers who gathered in Chicago last year to discuss roadblocks to a career advancement expanded their roundtable program to the West Coast last month. A roundtable event in California's Silicon Valley, focused on Asian American GCs, sought to provide networking opportunities and dialogue about the careers of Asian American in-house attorneys.

The meeting, hosted by the legal consultancy Major, Lindsey and Africa and the firm Shearman and Sterling, brought together both firm and in-house lawyers to discuss career advancement and obstacles.

The Association for Corporate Counsel, a bar association for in-house attorneys, has honored its "Top 10 30-Somethings" at its May CLE training. These young in-house lawyers are good examples of the changing roles facing in-house counsel, as companies begin looking to their legal departments for more than just legal advice.

The awards honored young lawyers, between 30 and 39 years old, who are "proactively approaching challenges and striving for innovation," the ACC's president said. So, who won and what did they to earn the honor?

There are plenty of white collar criminals out there: insider traders, embezzlers, nearly all of FIFA. But there are also plenty of people who stumble into corruption, not because they are corrupt, but because there is not a strong enough ethical system in their workplace.

How can in-house counsel insure that otherwise ethical businesspeople don't stray into illegal practices? Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, has some advice -- and if anyone is qualified to talk about white collar crime, it's him. Few lawyers have brought down as many white collar criminals as Bharara.

A recent survey of directors, board chairs and CEOs sheds new light on the role of general counsel in large corporations. The survey, conducted by the legal recruiting company Barker Gilmore and NYSE Governance Services, reached over 5,000 corporate leaders, though the response rate was not given.

It's filled with valuable insights into the minds of executive teams, who are increasingly looking at general counsel as a valuable part of corporate leadership. Here's some of the lessons in-house counsel can take away:

When it comes to CLE, options for in-house lawyers can be limited. Thankfully, the Association of Corporate Counsel, a bar association for in-house attorneys, has you covered when it comes to meeting your education requirements.

You're especially covered this May, when a slew of CLE trainings are offered. Here's a quick overview.

Successful people need inspiration, whether it's in the form of an encouraging mentor, a historical legal champion or just hilarious and well-written legal documents. In-house attorneys, or those aspiring to be one, can take motivation from the best GC's in the country. Here's a few that we think have careers worth emulating.

So, aside from being brilliant and hard working, how did some of the best general counsels in the world end up where they are today -- and what can you learn from them?

It's a common truism that a every lawyer should have a mentor. Having someone wiser and more experienced to bounce ideas off of, seek out professional advice, or model your advancement after can help make a career, or at least make one easier.

But for in-house counsel, finding a mentor can pose some unique challenges. You may be one of a few lawyers in your department, or you may be working in an isolated industry or location. But don't worry if you don't have senior partners to take you under their wings -- here are three ways to find a mentor while working in-house.

There are plenty of stories of lawyers leaving firm life. In fact, the attrition rates for associates are huge. That many lawyers will eventually move on is a given and it's no secret that many lawyers fleeing firm life would love to become in-house counsel or even GC's.

But, once the migration has been made, would a GC ever go back? Could she?