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You Say You Want a Big-Law Revolution, Take II

Publication Date: 
October 10, 2007
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog
Amir Efrati

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog profiled Building a Better Legal Profession, a grassroots organization co-founded by Stanford Law School students Andrew Bruck and Andrew Canter:

With the BigLaw recruiting season well under way, all you 2Ls are probably straining to differentiate between firms you’ve never heard of. Well, here’s a new report for you to chew on.

Earlier this year, when Stanford 3L Andrew Canter (pictured) co-founded Law Students Building a Better Legal Profession, a group that asked the heads of AmLaw 100 firms to create a saner work environment (fewer billable hours in exchange for less pay) for BigLaw associates - the vast majority of whom leave those firms after several years - many of our readers scoffed at the notion. None of the firms have since committed to making changes.

Today, Canter and Co. take aim at another oft-discussed issue — the lack of women and minority partners at big firms — but this time they’re carrying a bigger stick: data. The goal: to arm law students with information on law firms so they can make more-informed job choices.

The group’s report on the demographic makeup of 74 big firms’ Manhattan offices uses data from the National Association for Law Placement online directory to create rankings on law firm diversity — including openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender lawyers — pro bono participation and billable hours.