Legal Counsel

Job Locations US-NC-Cary HQ
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Are you a problem solver, explorer, and knowledge seeker – always asking, “What if?”


If so, then you may be the new team member we’re looking for. Because at SAS, your curiosity matters – whether you’re developing algorithms, creating customer experiences or answering critical questions. Curiosity is our code, and the opportunities here are endless.


What we do:

We’re the leader in analytics. Through our software and services, we inspire customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. Our curiosity fuels innovation, pushing boundaries, challenging the status quo and changing the way we live.


What you'll do:

As a Legal Counsel within the SAS Legal Division, you will be providing legal advice and assistance throughout our organization.


We are looking for a dynamic lawyer who welcomes the challenge of negotiating complex agreements with SAS’ customers and taking on internal projects to better the SAS Legal Department and SAS as a whole.


You will:

  • Work with internal groups including Sales, Finance, Hosting and Professional Services, and other departments to structure, prepare, negotiate and complete customer deals.
  • Manage legal business matters pertaining to SAS as assigned.
  • Provide a variety of general corporate and commercial legal services to a number of in-house clients in a responsible and ethical manner.
  • Provide legal counsel and oversight for basic to complex legal matters affecting the company.
  • Regularly interact with senior internal and external individuals.
  • Research and analyze proposed transactions, assesses risks and rewards, and recommends strategies to minimize risk to the company.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Uses skills as an experienced legal professional with a full understanding of industry practices and company policies and procedures.
  • Provides substantial expertise and detailed knowledge of the law for assigned area of responsibility.
  • Requires little instruction on day-to-day work and receives general instructions on new assignments
  • Has the skill to acquire excellent knowledge of SAS’ approved legal positions and ability to apply those positions to solve problems and issues.
  • Works on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Direct negotiation of complex agreements. Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Networks with key contacts outside own area of expertise.


Required Education and Experience:


  • Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited U.S. law school. Licensed to practice law by being admitted to and a member in good standing of at least one state bar.
  • 5+yrs of legal experience.


Preferred Experience:

  • Prior in-house corporate legal counsel experience.
  • 2 years of contracts experience at a mid-size to large-size law firm.
  • Experience working with XaaS contracts.



  • We love living the #SASlife and believe that happy, healthy people have a passion for life, and bring that energy to work. No matter what your specialty or where you are in the world, your unique contributions will make a difference. 
  • Our multi-dimensional culture blends our different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Here, it isn’t about fitting into our culture, it’s about adding to it - and we can’t wait to see what you’ll bring.


Additional Information:

SAS is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Read more: Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law. Also view the supplement EEO is the Law, and the Pay Transparency notice.


Equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered in place of the above qualifications. The level of this position will be determined based on the applicant's education, skills and experience. Resumes may be considered in the order they are received. SAS employees performing certain job functions may require access to technology or software subject to export or import regulations. To comply with these regulations, SAS may obtain nationality or citizenship information from applicants for employment. SAS collects this information solely for trade law compliance purposes and does not use it to discriminate unfairly in the hiring process.


To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, and should not require, now or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status.


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