Sunday, July 10, 2011

A free job-search resource for law students - JD Match

Below is a description of JD Match that we ran back in April (courtesy of the Wall Street Journal). The good news is that the service just announced it is waiving the $99.00 sign-up fee.  In addition to the free introductory rate, new members can also elect  a "premium" upgrade option for $49.00 a year.

[The premise of JD Match] 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.

Hat tip to Above the Law.


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