Venture Capital Lawyers

Venture Capital Lawyer with Team

Venture capital (VC) lawyers are specialized attorneys who provide legal services and advice to VC firms about fund formation and liquidation, fund-raising, due diligence, regulatory compliance, investment strategies, portfolio company management, intellectual property, tax issues, litigation and dispute resolution, and other issues. The top lawyers at venture capital firms are known as chief legal officers  or general counsels. There are 778,700 lawyers employed in the United States. Venture capital lawyers comprise a tiny fraction of this total.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Associates, Attorneys, Chief Legal Officers, General Counsels, Managing Attorneys
Duties Provide legal counsel to venture capital firms; draft agreements and other legal documents; advise clients on legal issues
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are best in San Francisco and in other cities with a large number of start-ups
Minimum Education Level
  • Law Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Speech
Experience Five years of legal experience in the corporate and financial world
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
Skills
  • Financial
  • Organizational
  • Research
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel
  • Managing Attorney
  • Associate
  • Legal Intern

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