Paul L. Caron

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Kirkland & Ellis Drops Mandatory Arbitration For Associates Amid Law Student Boycott

KirklandFollowing up on last week's post, Harvard Law Students Launch Campaign To #DumpKirkland Over Mandatory Arbitration Agreements For Associates:, Kirkland & Ellis Drops Mandatory Arbitration for Associates Amid Law Student Boycott:

Kirkland & Ellis will no longer require associates and summer associates to sign mandatory arbitration agreements.

The change comes after a group of Harvard law students last week called on classmates to boycott the firm during the upcoming summer associate recruiting season unless Kirkland abandoned the 10-year-old policy. A Kirkland spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday on why the firm decided to do away with mandatory arbitration for all associates, nor was it clear whether the policy change applied to firm staff as well.

The Pipeline Parity Project—the Harvard student group that launched the boycott, dubbed #DumpKirkland—circulated the statement on Twitter on Wednesday.

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