Milbank@Harvard

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About Milbank@Harvard

Best-in-class training

We’re proud to offer Milbank@Harvard, a first-of-its kind program we developed in partnership with one of the world’s leading academic institutions. This intensive program is designed to meet the professional development needs of mid-level and senior associates.

At the end of their third year, over four consecutive years, each associate from every Milbank office worldwide is sent to Cambridge, Massachusetts for this week-long program, taught on campus by Harvard Business School and Law School faculty with the assistance of Milbank partners. By your seventh year as a Milbank associate, you will have completed a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum that is unmatched by any professional development program offered by a major law firm.

The Milbank@Harvard curriculum includes intensive, interactive courses on finance and accounting, leadership and team management, strategy, marketing, negotiations and macroeconomics—all designed to help you hone the skills and expertise that our elite clients value in their legal advisors.

Throughout the program, you’ll continue to meet up with the same group of colleagues from across practices and offices—strengthening relationships that will benefit you professionally and personally for years to come.

Getting to know you

Self-awareness is key to developing your skills, confidence and effectiveness as a leader and leading advisor in the legal market. That’s why we’ve worked with Harvard to develop a bespoke Leadership Feedback program.

As a sixth-year associate, you’ll receive feedback from lawyers you manage, legal assistants, administrative staff, and others who work with you. This feedback, which is maintained by Harvard and not shared with anyone at Milbank, forms the basis of ongoing, personalized, one-to-one coaching with an experienced leadership coach who specializes in advising lawyers. You’ll receive tailored, actionable advice and assistance with goal-setting.

An additional feedback session will follow in your seventh year, when you’ll have another opportunity to assess your growth and continue working toward your goals. Throughout the program, you’ll develop your understanding of team dynamics and learn how to inspire and lead others.

Like other elements of Milbank@Harvard, we developed the Leadership Feedback program based on input from participating associates, as we continue to customize and evolve the program to meet their needs.

Associate Perspectives

Investing in associates’ development

“[Milbank@Harvard] makes you see how Milbank values its associates and the amount of investment they’ve put in our training, not just on the legal side, but on the management side, on the softer skills that you don't normally associate with lawyers.” Felicia Hanson Ofori-Quaah – Global Project, Energy & Infrastructure Finance, London

Thinking like the client

“I spend a lot more time now focused on reading about my clients and their jurisdictions – like when is the next election in that particular country – so we can pre-empt the types of issues that they may encounter and be less reactive and more proactive, so that at all times the client feels we are value-add.” Munib Hussain – Global Project, Energy & Infrastructure Finance, London

Fostering cross-border relationships

“[Milbank@Harvard] is a huge boost for morale. It fosters collaboration and you get to know people across offices… I always come away reinvigorated. You make goals about what you want to do with your practice going forward. I think it’s an excellent check-in every year that reminds you of why you’re at Milbank.” Erin Culbertson – Litigation & Arbitration, Washington, DC

Training that evolves my practice

“The modules have progressed and evolved along with me as my practice has evolved. The main takeaways have been developing leadership skills as I am now in a more senior role in my job and learning how to more effectively manage… as well as putting myself in the shoes of my client…and how to identify, frame and resolve issues, which has been very helpful.” Spencer Pepper – Leveraged Finance, New York