Friday, February 11, 2011
Millbank has announced that it will be sending mid-level associates to an 8 day "boot camp" at Harvard for training in business skills. According to experts interviewed for this Law.com story, Millbank is the first firm to offer such training:
The firm has agreed with Harvard Law School to launch what it believes is a first-of-its-kind associate development program. Midlevel associates will attend annual eight-day training sessions focused on business principles at the Cambridge, Mass., campus.
The program is called Milbank@Harvard.
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'They're talking about teaching things like economics and finance,' Richard [a Hildebrandt consultant] said. 'Will every lawyer be interested in that? I don't know.'
Still, sending associates to learn about business and client relations can't hurt, Richard said. The team atmosphere that results from bringing together associates from all offices may well prove the biggest benefit. 'There is an indispensable role that face-to-face contact has in building connections,' Richard said.
We've blogged before about law firms wanting new grads to have more business training. It looks like Millbank isn't waiting for law schools to take the initiative.
You can read more about this interesting development here at Law.com.