GLS Legal Team Job Descriptions™

Clear definition of key legal team roles

The Problem

Job roles within your legal team are not clearly defined.

Related challenges include: 

  • your team complains around lack of job role clarity
  • few legal teams have documented position-based job roles
  • job role clarity is essential for dept performance accountability
  • job role clarity has impacted performance review cycles
  • active job roles should permit dept. goals to be realized
  • your legal team complains that progression pathways are not clear
  • discussions around remuneration and job roles are too frequent
  • your organization is working on a org-wide role/rem/progression matrix transformation
  • job role training is not considered adequate 
  • the team complains about lack of clarity around organizational structure 
  • explaining job roles to new/potential recruits is not a simple process

Wouldn’t it be good if you could clarify legal team roles by reference to established and recognized job descriptions for key legal team positions?

The GLS Solution

GLS Legal Team Job Descriptions™ gives you access to standard job role profiles that will allow you to quickly produce customized job roles for each member of your legal team.

As the most important legal dept. asset, it is imperative that each legal team member has a clear and agreed job role that reflects and enables the realization of the legal dept’s overall objectives.

Optimized legal team performance can only be achieved if each team member knows their role and that each role within the team compliments and supports each other in the pursuit of the overall dept. operating mandate. 

The clarity of each job role directly impacts resourcing, work assignments, training & development, progression, promotions and performance reviews and as such is a critical legal team performance planning tool.

This solution provides you generic job role descriptions that GLS has developed after interviewing hundreds of in-house lawyers within major “national” corporate entities who occupy various recognized in-house legal team positions including:

  • Chief Legal Officer / General Counsel / Head of Legal (overall team leadership)
  • Legal Directors (functional/geographic/sector legal owners)
  • Senior In-House Lawyer
  • Junior In-House Lawyer
  • Legal Paralegal
  • Privacy Officer
  • Legal Secretary
  • Legal Operations Officer
  • Knowledge Manager

Each job description has been prepared so that the relevant team member can understand:

  • Role definition
  • Role responsibilities
  • Legal & technical requirements
  • Non-legal skills
  • Value creation contributions
  • Overall all team responsibilities

With GLS Legal Team Job Descriptions™ you can help rapidly define clear roles and responsibilities for your team - a precursor to achieving a high performance legal team. 

Note: finalisation of job roles within your team will also depend on your approved legal dept. organisational design (eg centeralised, de-centeralised and/or hybrid) as well as the authority that the Board grants to your legal department and which can be delegated to each specific legal team role. See Related Solutions for how GLS can help in these areas. 

Problem Solved. 

Solution Deliverables

GLS Legal Team Job Role Descriptions:access GLS’s library of proforma legal team job role descriptions
Job Role Consultancy:a 1 hour consultancy session in relation to the strategic use of legal team job roles and associated dependencies to optimize the performance of your team
Human Capital Function Overview Session:a 90 minute GLS presentation on the critical resource enablers that make up a high performing human capital function within a world class legal team
Job Role Customization Support:a 5 hour block of consultancy support to help tailor specific job roles within your organization
Customised Role Production:GLS can work with you to define any job roles that might be specific to your organisation

Solution SLA Options and US$ Pricing

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GLS Legal Team Job Role Descriptions
GLS Job Role Consultancy
Human Capital Function Overview Session
Job Role Customisation Support
Customised Role ProductionPOA
Price (excl. VAT)$3,999$4,999$7,999$9,999

Pricing Comparison

GLS delivers to you a complete solution for just $3,999. What could your legal service provider deliver to you for that price? Well, find out below.

Big Law ReviewUS RateGLS CostMinutes
Partner$850$3,99904h 42m
Senior Associate$640$3,99906h 12m
Blended Rate$520$3,99907h 36m
Associate$480$3,99908h 18m
Junior Associate$400$3,99909h 54m

GLS RPLV Legal Operations Score

This solution’s GLS RPLV impact score:

Resource Status: Specialist Repeater Formative
Ease of Implementation: Complex Average Easy
Value Demonstration/Visibility: Low Medium High
Productivity Leverage Profile: Low Medium High
IHL Line Optimisation: Single Multiple All Lines

IHL Critical Function Optimisation Targets

This solution enhances performance across the following critical in-house functions:

In-House Legal: Critical Functions / Processes

General Counsel


Legal Tech


Managed Service

Human Capital

Data Analytics

Legal Operations

Service Provider



Co. Sec.


Internal Client


GLS has identified 15 critical in-house processes/functions that are present in every world-class legal department. To learn what these functions are, their composition and how they interrelate to deliver efficient legal team performance outcomes - visit here.



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