"I think this depends on the size of the organization and whether it is undergoing a period of transition. In my experience, smaller organizations tend to have smaller legal departments. Generally, in those circumstances, legal counsel is more hands-on and engaged in a larger breadth of issues. Larger organizations tend to have more defined functions for counsel but there is still a lot of opportunity to gain exposure to different practice areas and experiences.
Organizations going through transition generally also require counsel to become more engaged in policies and practices. This helps ensure that ethical standards, norms and interests are adhered to."