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by Vault Law Editors | April 13, 2024


Emerging companies & venture capital attorneys advise early-stage companies on the full gamut of legal matters, often serving as “outside general counsels.” Read Q&As from attorneys at top-ranked firms on the Vault Law Resource Center for Emerging Companies & Venture Capital to learn more about the kinds of cases EC/VC attorneys encounter, what a “typical day” is like in this practice, and more. Those attorneys also share recommended classes to take during law school, valuable skills and experiences to gain before graduating law school, and potential career paths for EC/VC attorneys, which we’ve listed out below.

Recommended Classes

  • Corporations
  • Intellectual Property
  • Securities
  • Transactional Clinic
  • Venture Capital

Valuable Skills & Experiences

  • Strong writing skills
  • Oratory skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Interpersonal and listening skills
  • Organization skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Time management
  • Business basics
  • Understanding of financial accounting and tax concepts

Career Paths

  • Law firm practice
  • In-house at a venture capital fund
  • In-house at a startup
  • Business or operations role at a startup


For more firms with EC/VC practices, check out the EC/VC Resource Center and Vault’s top-ranked firms for emerging companies & venture capital.