Become a Certified In-House Counsel – Canada


Certified In-House

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Business Leadership Program for In-house Counsel

One smart investment. Endless possibilities.

Grow your influence and earning potential! Register for the Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel, offered by the CCCA in conjunction with Rotman School of Management  the only program of its kind in Canada.

Why Become Certified?

Today’s business environment calls for in-house counsel who are trusted legal advisors and strategic business partners, who understand business issues and have strong financial literacy skills. The Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel will give you the competitive edge you need to pave the way toward a leadership role within your organization. 

Upon completion of this program, you will join an exclusive group of Canadian lawyers with the designation of Certified In-House Counsel – Canada (CIC.C).

Flexible Learning Design During COVID-19

Given the current COVID-19 situation, we have curated the design of the Business Leadership Program for In House Counsel into an online, synchronous format. The online architecture respects the challenges of both working and working from home, and uses appropriate pedagogy to ensure you are able to apply your learning from the program directly to your work situation.

While face-to-face in-class instruction remains our preferred approach, our recent experience in moving to a synchronous online environment has shown that participants extract significant value and report high levels of learning and satisfaction with the experience. Faculty will be using a multitude of interactive devices to encourage participation and increase networking opportunities so that you can also learn from each other. 

Also see the FAQs on the new online delivery

What You Can Expect

This 10-month program consists of live online sessions taught by Rotman School of Management faculty at the University of Toronto, combined with a self-paced online component.

Guided by expert professors and executives-in-residence, you will learn how to:

  • Contribute to your organization’s strategic planning and success
  • Understand business financial statements and the bottom-line impact of executive decisions
  • Enhance your legal advice with strategic business insight
  • Position yourself as a meaningful member of the senior team

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Program Fee

The program fee is $9,600 (plus applicable taxes).

Payment is due in full upon enrollment. 

Upcoming Dates


Three Live-Session Modules (approximately 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ET)

Attendance at all online classroom sessions is mandatory. 

Module 1: February/March 2022

Module 2: May/June 2022

Module 3: September/October 2022

Self-directed Online Module: January 2022 - October 2022

Final Written Assessment: October 2022

Final Oral Interview Assessment: October 2022 (Telephone appointments will be scheduled.)

How to Apply

Download and complete the application form as soon as possible. Enrollment is limited. Please return your completed application as soon as possible to:

To find out more about the program or application process, please contact Stephanie Lockhart at

Who Should Apply?

This program is designed for in-house counsel who need management and leadership skills to advance their careers and contribute in meaningful ways to their organization’s executive team. Whether you are new to in-house counsel, in a mid-level position, serving as Senior Counsel, or acting as the sole Legal Officer, the program will offer the knowledge and insights you need to have a lasting impact on your organization.

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Your Course of Study

The program curriculum delivers the knowledge you need to succeed:

Understanding and Navigating Organizational Dynamic

  • The Role of In-House Counsel
  • The Nature of Strategic Management
  • Organizational Structure and the Evolution of Design as Organizations Grow
  • The Causes and Consequences of Organizational Culture
  • Effective Problem Solving and Decision Making

Business Leadership Application

  • Governance
  • Employment
  • Business Communications
  • Insurance
  • Privacy
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Insolvency
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Risk Management

Developing as a Manager

  • Fundamentals of Financial Management
  • Effective Communication in Business Environment
  • The Personal and Organizational Challenges of the Transition to Manager

The Effective General Counsel – From Manager to Leader

  • Managing the Unique Challenges of the Legal Department
  • Risk Management
  • The Journey from Manager to Leader
  • CIC.C Written and Interview Assessment


After successful completion of the program, in order to use the CIC.C designation, graduates must:

  1. have three years' experience as an in-house counsel;
  2. be a member in good standing of a provincial or territorial law society in Canada; and 
  3. be a member in good standing of the Canadian Bar Association/Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.

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Scholarship Application Deadline: JANUARY 22, 2021

We are committed to ensuring the Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel remains the program of choice for in-house counsel not only because of its excellent reputation but also because it represents the in-house bar in all its diversity.

To ensure it continues to be an inclusive, diverse environment, we offer two scholarships each cohort:

  1. Diversity Scholarship
  2. Scholarship for Black and Indigenous In-House Counsel


This program may be funded by a Canada Job Grant. For more information, please visit:

Votes of Confidence

“Having financial literacy is fundamental to being a good in-house lawyer. As lawyers, we are trained to be guardians of corporate integrity, but you have to go beyond that and become a trusted advisor.” – Ryan Lennox, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at HLS Therapeutics Inc.

“The program delivers a curriculum loaded with practical information and is presented by engaging instructors. Legal departments who enroll their personnel will be pleased with the outcome as their in-house lawyers demonstrate experience beyond their years of practice.” – Rob Van Walleghem, Executive Vice-President HSE and General Counsel, Tervita Corporation

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