Gage Reflects on Law Career in Jurist Roundtable
In preparing to speak to SFS students, attorney Bob Gage said an interesting thought occurred to him: Taking the oral Foreign Service Exam is a lot like being in the courtroom.
""Explore as much as you can, whether it's the Foreign Service, working for a nonprofit or something else."
Gage is founding partner of Gage, Spencer & Fleming, a New York-based firm where he is a litigator working on issues that range from mergers and acquisitions to media and intellectual property. His appearance was part of SFS’ Michael Jurist Distinguished Alumni Roundtable Series. “The chance to try a case before a jury is one of the greatest experiences one can have. It’s exhilarating,” he told students – but he urged even those who were already fixed on law school as a next step to “explore as much [career-wise] as you can, whether it’s the Foreign Service, working for a nonprofit or something else.”
Gage said opportunities may await students who can combine the world focus of an SFS education with the skills acquired through study of the law. “Law is probably lagging a little bit behind” in terms of globalization right now, Gage said, noting that in many developing countries, ‘rule-of-law’ conditions prevail sporadically or not at all. “Countries will need great minds – creative minds – to help them establish that rule of law,” he said.
For those who are looking to law – internationally centered or otherwise – Gage had these tips:
- Sharpen analytical skills
- Learn to write “well, clearly, analytically and tersely”
- Don’t neglect math
The Michael Jurist Distinguished Alumni Roundtable Series is named in memory of Michael Jurist (F ’07) and is designed to expose SFS undergraduates to the rich and varied experiences of alumni. Read more about the series at http://www1.georgetown.edu/sfs/jurist.