Saturday, February 1, 2014

UK Firm Doesn’t Tell Interviewers Where a Candidate Went to School

From the Independent:

One of the country’s leading law firms has adopted a radical approach to recruiting graduates, in an attempt to neutralise any bias towards Oxbridge or the country’s leading independent schools.

Clifford Chance, one of the big five “magic circle” law firms in the United Kingdom, has quietly introduced a “CV blind” policy for final interviews with all would-be recruits. Staff conducting the interviews are no longer given any information about which university candidates attended, or whether they come from state or independent schools.

“All they will have is the candidate’s name for the final assessment,” said Laura Yeates, graduate recruitment and development manager at the firm.

You can read the rest here. Clifford Chance is the only firm in the UK with this policy. I doubt any U.S. firms follow this policy, including Clifford Chance in the U.S.  Do any law school admissions offices have a similar policy? Only a few law reviews consider submissions without a look at the authors’ bios.


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