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New ‘JD Match’ to Help Law Firms Find Law Students to Interview; K&L Gates Giving Service a Tryout

Posted Apr 18, 2011 7:26 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Tired of the traditional on-campus law school interviewing process? A consultant may have the answer for some who would like to deal more directly with law firms and other legal employers seeking law students who want to apply for work.

Bruce MacEwen has developed a JD Match program intended to eliminate law schools as the middlemen making interview arrangements for students seeking work. Although it won't have the deal-making power of computerized "match day" connections between medical students and medical schools seeking residents, the concept is intended to apply similar computer technology to the job of determining who interviews where, reports the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

Law students pay a per-season fee of $99. Then, with the help of a “proprietary algorithm,” JD Match sifts monthly through applicants and potential employers, each of whom have ranked, in numerical order, their first-choice positions and people, respectively.

K&L Gates has already agreed to try the new service to recruit summer associates for 2012.

“It’s about time someone took the bull by the horns to address the antiquated method firms are forced to use to recruit students,” chairman Peter Kalis tells the WSJ in a written statement. “Change is a necessity, and I, for one, am looking forward to this 21st century solution.”

Hat tip: Above the Law.

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