On the website of eHow.com you can read a thumbnail description of several corporate staff functions, including legal. Very peculiar in several respects, it is pasted below. The bracketed numbers I inserted follow the odd words or phrases I comment on after the quote.
‘The legal department receives legal reports  from lawyers who work with other departments in the company or processes  legal documents such as contracts and licenses . The chief legal officer or general counsel position usually leads executive level  legal departments. These departments may provide litigation, legal compliance and risk management, business ethics and government relations functions.’ 
 Reports? This statement mystifies me because report reception amounts to nothing in law departments, and even more because the presumed report writers are “lawyers who work with other departments.’
 Processes? Scriveners, those who fill in blanks, Motor Vehicle agency employees. Processes leaves in-house attorneys to be sausage-stuffers.
 Licenses? The writer of this confused, ill-informed paragraph doesn’t mean inbound licenses of patents: what is meant is far from clear.
 Executive level? As compared to hidden lawyers embedded in business units? What other kind of legal department is there?
 What about corporate secretary and governance functions?