Legal Diversity Learn how Microsoft is Raising the Bar

The Issue

Women, minority, LGBT, and disabled professionals continue to face barriers entering and advancing careers in the law. A 2013 study commissioned by Microsoft, Raising the Bar, confirmed the legal profession continues to lag behind other professions in diversity. We must improve diversity from law school through creating inclusive workplaces where diverse perspectives are valued.

Microsoft’s Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

Microsoft LCA focuses on the pipeline from law school to advancement in the legal profession. We are committed to partnering with the legal community and holding ourselves accountable for diversity and inclusion progress. A few examples of our strategy include:

  • In July 2008, Microsoft launched a Law Firm Diversity Program for its Premier Preferred Provider law firms; this program uses a collaborative, "pay for performance" approach to enhance diversity. Over the first five years of the program, the percentage of hours worked by diverse attorneys on Microsoft matters increased from 33.6% to 45.9%.
  • Since 2005 Microsoft has contributed over $750,000 in law school scholarships to outstanding diverse students through the MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson Scholarship Fund, Council on Legal Education Opportunities, and other organizations.
  • In 2013 Microsoft dedicated additional resources to building inclusiveness in our legal department, creating new teams focused on attracting and retaining Veterans and employees with disabilities, building communities for diverse employees, and strengthening cross-cultural fluency.

Learn more about Microsoft’s diversity and inclusion strategy and ways to engage with us here.