(Reuters) – May hiring attorneys before they even enroll in law school be a part of the subsequent wave of law agency diversity efforts?
Two Ohio firms are giving it a strive, partnering with the College of Dayton School of Law to recruit J.D. college students with a promise of tuition and dwelling bills, mentoring, and a full-time job as soon as they graduate.
Thompson Hine and Taft Stettinius & Hollister are the primary two firms to signal on to Dayton’s Flyer Legal Promise Program, which builds on an undergraduate scholarship program for underserved college students from native excessive colleges.
The law school and firms this 12 months will choose two college students from that pool of undergraduates for full-ride scholarships to the J.D. program, paid for by the school. The sponsoring firms will cowl two-thirds of an annual $15,000 dwelling stipend, in addition to summer time jobs on the firms and a full-time job provide after commencement.
Many law firms have summer time affiliate packages for numerous law college students and so-called pipeline packages to get underrepresented college students in law school and assist them apply. However Dayton Law Dean Andrew Strauss stated he doesn’t know of every other firms providing everlasting jobs to would-be law college students so early on.
“It’s the Moneyball of legal education,” stated Strauss, who’s wanting to enroll extra firms. “We’re going back in and we’re trying to figure out who has that raw talent—before they may even know themselves that they want to apply.”
Taft will assist choose the coed it sponsors with an eye fixed for many who have demonstrated resilience and drive, stated associate Glen McMurry.
“We’re going to be giving them mentorship and training throughout their law school existence so that they hit the ground running for their summer associate position and for their associate position,” he stated.
Each McMurry and Thompson Hine associate Wray Blattner acknowledged there are dangers. The scholars may battle in law school, drop out, or bitter on a personal observe job. However the prospect of creating a various affiliate who may not in any other case pursue a authorized profession is price it, they stated.
As corporations demand extra diversity from exterior counsel and law firms notice having a mixture of backgrounds and views is a bonus, competitors for prime minority law graduates has ratcheted up, Blattner stated.
“We like to think we’re locking in somebody,” he stated. “That’s good for us. It’s good for our clients. And hopefully it’s good for the student-soon-to-be lawyer.”
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