If Brett Farrell were dean of GCU, the first course offering would be Mythbusters 101. That’s because the first responsibility of General Counsel University would be to dispel all the rosy stereotypes: that in-house lawyers work short hours, feel intimately involved in the business, and are really, really appreciated.

Yes, the London-based general counsel concedes, in-house hours are sometimes shorter. “But in-house is not a utopia,” he says. “It’s a business. You’re expected to deliver on business objectives—and if you don’t, your boss is going to kick you.”

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