Chief Legal Officers 2017 Survey – Executive Summary


ACC Chief Legal officers 2017 Survey

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Chief Legal Officers 2017 Survey is the largest global study of the issues and challenges facing chief legal officers (CLOs) in corporate legal departments. ACC surveyed CLOs and general counsel (GCs) from around the world to gain further insight on business priorities, career satisfaction, organizational processes, outside counsel and vendor management, budget and spend, staffing, compensation, and a variety of new topics.


We hope this report serves as a useful tool highlighting relevant metrics across a wide variety of law department operations. This report includes data useful in benchmarking against law department peers on metrics like budget, inside and outside spend, staffing, and resourcing by key demographics such as industry, region, and department size. Additional information on the role CLOs play in their organization and how they function at the board, C-suite, and business level is included in the overall results.



ACC is a global bar association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations, and other private-sector organizations through information, education, networking, and advocacy. We anticipate and understand the needs of the in-house bar; help members deliver services to their corporate clients efficiently; promote the value of in-house services; influence the practice of law as it affects the in-house bar; and deliver a mix of relevant, timely services including information, education, networking, and advocacy.

With more than 42,000 members employed by over 10,000 organizations in 85 countries, ACC connects its members to one another and to the people and resources necessary for their personal and professional growth.



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