classmate: “If you have any advice on what not to do during our summer jobs, we’d appreciate that.”

legal practice instructor: “Well, I can tell you what I did at my summer job.”

“I worked at a firm in Seattle. One day one of the senior partners asked if I wanted to come to a shareholder’s meeting. I said sure. We went to lunch, where he told me that the company was founded by his son, who had dropped out of school to start the company. The father thought that dropping out was a terrible idea, but he thought it would be a good experience for me to come to the shareholder’s meeting and see what went on.”

“When I graduated, the son’s company offered me a job in their new legal department. I said no.”

“The partner was Bill Gates, Sr.”

The instructor seems like a pretty happy, successful guy, which is good, because I’m sure otherwise he’d be kicking himself at night, every night…