Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A new way for law grads to find jobs - "JD Match"

From the Wall Street Journal Law Blog:

The service is called JD Match, and its premise is to link law students looking for jobs with hiring law firms without a lot of the wasted time, effort, expense and overall agony brought on by the current law-school hiring process, with its interviews and fly-backs and courtship and disappointment.

JD Match, which is largely the brainchild of law-firm consultant and writer Bruce MacEwen, who will serve as the company’s president, will “match” law students with firms, much in the way matching services pair up medical students and residency programs.

It’ll work like this: law students will pay $99 per recruiting season to sign up. From there, they’ll upload their information, including a resume, etc., and will then rank the law firms they’d like to work for. On the other end, the firms will rank students who’ve signed up.

Then comes “match day.” Using a “proprietary algorithm,” the service will match the firms and students based on their own preferences. Matches will be run three times during the recruiting period: in August, September and again in October.

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Now, a few caveats to mention here. JD Match is unlikely to revolutionize law-school hiring, at least not yet. Unlike the matching process for medical students, the results of the JD Match search are not binding on anyone. Students don’t have to commit to go to a firm; the firms don’t have to commit to giving an offer.

You can read the rest here.


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