World of Law: Counsel by Professor Curtis Anderson

BYU Law Professor Curtis Anderson presented the World of Law lecture on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. He shared his experiences as in-house counsel and in private practice as part of a lecture series for undergraduate students considering law school.

 
Professor Anderson originally majored in computer science but was grateful when his path lead him to the field of law. He described his choice to attend BYU Law as one of the best decisions in his life.
 
 “I saved at least $100,000 (attending BYU Law) compared to a lot of people at other schools,” Professor Anderson said, “Because of that, I had a great level of freedom to do the things I wanted to do.”
 
After graduation, Professor Anderson relocated to Houston, Texas and had the opportunity to work for companies like GTE (General Telephone & Electric). “While working for GTE, I helped  it merge to become Verizon,” he said.
 
In addition to working for GTE, Professor Anderson also helped American Airlines set up the selling of tickets online. “As a transactional lawyer, I did a lot of drafting, research, and reviewing,” he said, “My job was to be able to go to my client or boss and ensure them that the purchases would go smoothly.” Professor Anderson worked on many strategy agreements with American Airlines to sell its tickets to Expedia, Priceline, etc.
 
Professor Anderson worked for many different companies, but Match.com was one of the most exciting for him.  “It was one of those companies that has been around for a long time,” he said, “But being a lawyer for a dating site was like the wild, wild West.” Professor Anderson went on to explain that the dating experience online was new and that there wasn’t a lot of guidance to get to the right answers for many situations.
 

While working for Match.com Professor Anderson had the opportunity to travel, flying to places like Europe, Canada, and China. “Transactional lawyers get unique opportunities,” he said in closing. BYU Law Professor Curtis Anderson presented at the World of Law lecture on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. He shared his experience as in-house counsel and private practice firm as part of a lecture series for undergraduate students considering law school.
 
Professor Anderson originally majored in computer science, but was grateful his path lead him to the field of law. He described his choice to attend BYU Law as one of the best decision in his life.
 
 “I saved at least $100,000 (attending BYU Law) compared to a lot of people at other schools,” Professor Anderson said, “Because of that, I have a great level of freedom to do the things I want.”
 
After graduation, Professor Anderson relocated to Houston, Texas and had the opportunity to work for companies like GTE. “While working for GTE, we helped them merge to become Verizon,” he said.
 
In addition to working for GTE, Professor Anderson also helped American Airlines set up the selling of tickets online. “As a transactional lawyer, I did a lot of drafting, research, and reviewing,” he said, “My job was to be able to go to my client or boss and ensure them that the purchases would go smoothly.” Professor Anderson worked on many strategy draft agreements with American Airlines to sell their tickets to Expedia, Priceline, etc.
 
Professor Anderson worked for many different companies, but Match.com was one of the most exciting for him.  “It was one of those companies that has been around for a long time,” he said, “But being a lawyer for a dating site was like the wild wild west.” Professor Anderson went on to explain that the dating experience online was new, and that there wasn’t a lot of guidance to get to the right answers for many situations.
 
While working for Match.com Professor Anderson had the opportunity to fly to places like Europe, Canada, and China. “Transactional lawyers get unique opportunities,” he said in closing.