"building a better legal profession has provided us with a resource that has great promise. by comparing the largest law firms in the top legal markets, the students have put a spotlight on the key issues of demographic diversity, pro bono participation and hours billed, which are such important indicators of the heart and soul of a firm. it is particularly noteworthy that these law students are showing initiative and demonstrating a commitment to improving the profession and career options for themselves and for all those who will come after them. these enterprising law students have an enormous potential to be a force for good and for positive change – now and throughout their careers. i commend them for their dedication and hard work."
"this is an extraordinarily impressive effort to shine much needed light on law firms' commitment to diversity, not just in principle but in practice. this should be the starting point of a constructive conversation between firms, law schools, law students, and bar organizations about how to create a just and equitable professional culture."
we are proud to earn this recognition from 'law students building a better legal profession.' a commitment to workplace diversity is essential in attracting and retaining exceptional attorneys out of law school and to ensuring the success of law firms. it will continue to be a top priority at orrick."
this pathbreaking research sends a message to america's law firms that is loud and clear: the best law students want to work at the firms where they have a fair chance at promotion, and where it is possible to work hard and enjoy a family life. it's about time students collected this kind of basic information about law firms and began to vote with their feet."
"these reports are extremely important. even the best intentioned law firms can have gaps between policy and actual practice and objective numbers can help point out those gaps. law firms as well as law students will benefit from better information that is widely available."
"law students are in a powerful position to positively influence the legal profession by making educated choices early in their careers about the kinds of law firms for which they want to work. too often, students don’t have the information to really evaluate what a firm prioritizes in hiring and retaining lawyers. this program has the potential to remedy that problem and to give law students the tools to begin their careers in environments where they will be welcome and encouraged while getting to do important, challenging work."
"yale law women applauds building a better legal profession's latest project. as fellow law students, we appreciate dialogue on the firm policies and recruitment strategies that shape our profession. building a better legal profession's rankings provide important information for law students to make informed decisions about our careers. yale law women recently released a ranking of the top ten family friendly firms as part of a parallel effort to encourage students and firms to think about a work-life balance and evaluate the policies and cultural practices that affect the lives of all young attorneys. we hope these student-led efforts will spark a greater commitment by all to a better work environment."if your organization would like to endorse our efforts to improve the culture of large private law firms, email us.