Monday, January 28, 2019
National Law Journal, Skadden, Proskauer Get Creative to Recruit Women and Minority Law Students:
A pair of prominent law firms are stepping up their efforts to recruit women and minority law students with programs they say are unlike any others now offered in Big Law.
In June, Proskauer will launch its first Proskauer Prep bootcamp, bringing 30 women who are about to start law school to the firm’s New York office for a week of instruction on how to succeed in law school.
And Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is beefing up its six-year-old 1L Scholars Program, allowing participants who return as summer associates the following year to design their own experience—choosing practice areas and offices where they wish to work and offering them a paid externship at the firm during the school year.
Both programs are intended to help the firms establish early connections with women and minority law students, in hopes that those students will eventually join the firms as associates. ...
At least one midsize law firm is getting into act, too. Cincinnati firm Keating Muething & Klekamp this month hosted the first-ever Law Student Diversity Case Competition, where teams of women and minority students from seven Midwest law firms demonstrate their associates skills by completing simulated client assignments. The competition was conceived as a way for employers to identify—and hire—diverse talent.