Microsoft GC Complains of Legal Training Shortfall

, The National Law Journal


Microsoft Corp. general counsel Brad Smith has some advice for young lawyers: Look for jobs that offer good training opportunities right off the bat, as those first years are so formative in one's career.

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  • Juice

    Pat Dallas - Yes! Reduce everything to the lowest common denominator! You‘re certainly on the right side of history. If folks with your sentiment are ultimately successful, it will be a great world indeed. Enjoy your Yugo!

  • Pat Dallas

    Ah, is that what young lawyers should do Mr. Smith? Thank you for this helpful advice, as I was convinced thousands of newly minted attorneys have run up against a top-heavy industry filled with Baby Boomers more concerned with recovering their investment loses than sacrificing some short-term gain to provide mentoring and professional instruction to the next generation of legal service providers. So glad to hear I was mistaken...

    On a slightly less bitter note, while I applaud Microsoft‘s efforts evidenced by the advocacy clinic, perhaps these resources would be better targeted at those in low-paying, public service roles instead of self-selecting from firms that count Microsoft as a client, as the latter is arguably in a much better position 1-3 years out of law school than the former.

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