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As more and more legal tasks move in-house, the legal department finds itself in the unenviable position of having to be master of several trades, many of which have little to do with the law.

I bet you thought when you signed up with the general counsel's office that you'd be filing lawsuits? Try again: GCs not only have to figure out new and innovative ways to put out fires, but the changing world of technology is putting some affirmative duties on them too.

Here are five subject areas that in-house lawyers are increasingly expected to know about:

The Association of Corporate Counsel has released its 2015 survey of Chief Legal Officers. ACC asked almost 9,500 CLOs or GCs a whole lot of questions, receiving responses from 1,289 of them in 46 countries, to determine what GCs are thinking about these days.

Among the things in-house lawyers seem to be most worried about: ethics, compliance, and data protection. Let's look at five highlights.

Year in Review: The Top 10 In House Blog Posts of 2014

It's that time of the year -- the "Hey, look at all the cool stuff that happened in the past year" time of the year.

But let's be honest: Most good advice, and many titillating tales, stand the test of time. And most of 2014's posts were of the advice-column variety -- from becoming a general counsel to becoming a better general counsel.

Here are the 10 most popular In House blog posts of 2014:

TGI Fridays' Mistletoe Drone Cuts Photographer's Nose

Put this on the long list of ridiculously stupid promotions that some lawyer somewhere should have reviewed before it actually happened.

A TGI Fridays in Sheepshead Bay, New York, devised a brilliant plan to get into the holiday spirit: mistletoe drones! Little hovering aircraft stalk patrons and pressure them into kissing in public. Unsurprisingly, the brilliant stunt went horribly wrong when one of the drones got caught in a news photographer's hair, causing the rotor to swing around and clip her nose and chin.

Unsurprisingly, the bloody picture is making the rounds on the Internet.

In-House Salaries Set to Rise in 2015: Robert Half Legal

Robert Half Legal is known for a lot of things, including an interesting survey on what lawyers think about our declining wardrobe standards. (Hint: Stuffy lawyers want to dress like they're stuffy.) But this survey might be even more interesting, at least for in-house counselors: It talks about compensation forecasts for 2015.

The Robert Half Legal 2015 Salary Guide was just released earlier this month (H/T to Bloomberg) and it has nothing but good news all around. Here's the key finding: Robert Half projects that salaries for in-house positions will increase in 2015 for attorneys at all sizes of companies and of all experience levels. Everybody's getting paid!

We've already concluded that lawyers love surveys, and the latest attorney survey deals with the unique legal issues that general counsel face.

Executive conference organizer Consero surveyed 57 general counsel from Fortune 1000 companies to find out everything from top legal issues that have GCs staying up at night to legal departments' relationship with outside counsel.

Let's take a look at the results of Consero's 2014 General Counsel Data Survey:

Last week we had one of the worst days of news in recent history. The ongoing Israeli conflict in Gaza, and the downed Malaysian Airlines flight 17 put front and center what we often try to forget: there are world conflicts that persist and life in other countries is not as safe as it can be here.

While we're insulated in our corporate cubes and offices, you may think that outside of news, these global crises don't have an impact on us. But you're wrong. Every world crisis can be a potential corporate crisis if you don't take the following steps.

Earlier this week, Corporate Counsel released the results of its 2014 GC Compensation Survey, which lists the top 100 (with caveats) best-paid general counsel. And while we all know that GCs make a lot of money, when you actually see the figures, I assure you, your jaw will drop.

So here goes, let's all turn green with envy picture what we would do with $5 million as we take a look at the survey results.

Law school, despite being an academic institution, is a bit controversial these days. You have those who complain about not being able to do anything with their law degree, those who disagree, those who want to shorten law school to two years, and those who want to "kill" law school.

Amidst the controversy, we see a new trend emerging -- coursework geared toward working as in-house counsel. Let's take a look at the offerings, and how you, as in-house counsel, can get involved.

3 Ways In House Counsel Can Facilitate Innovation

Creativity. Innovation. These aren't adjectives that are typically applied to lawyers, and for good reason: we're not Picassos, Hemmingways, or even code wizards like ten-years-ago Zuckerberg.

But in-house lawyers are involved in innovation: you can invent the next big thing, but if the IP isn't protected, it'll only be valuable until a bigger, stronger company steals the idea. You can build the next great product, until your team flees for a different company. You can challenge the status quo -- until a regulatory war grinds your progress to a halt.

Corporate counselors may not be the artists, but they make the artists' work possible, and profitable, in these three ways: