Facebook: the Harvard network

There are rules in this game of lawyering. To work at Burges Salmon, it seems, you have to be an ex-City lawyer who shunned the capital. To be a Linklaters banking partner you really should be an ex-Denton Wilde Sapte lawyer.

And, it appears, to work at Facebook you have to be a Harvard graduate.

It’s little wonder the social networking leviathan has picked an ex-Harvard man as its new chief in-house lawyer.

Colin Stretch has stepped up from the deputy role to become general counsel, replacing ex-Kirkland & Ellis partner Ted Ullyot after joining from the catchy Kellogg Huber Hansen Todd Evans & Figel in 2010.

Both studied at Harvard, as did Elliot Schrage, VP communications and public policy, a Harvard Law School graduate, and COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Stretch, who left Harvard in 1996, looks remarkable young for a general counsel of a global corporate giant. But if it makes up-and-coming lawyers feel any better, Facebook has its failures too. Founder Mark Zuckerberg never finished his Harvard degree.

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