Does your firm actively seek out minority applicants for attorney positions? If you are waiting for minority lawyers and law students to contact you, you may be waiting a long time. Given the small number of minorities in the practice and in law school, law firms must be proactive when seeking minorities. Take a close look at your firm's hiring practices.
- Does your firm tend to hire males?
- Graduates of a particular law school?
- Fraternity/sorority members?
You need to recognize your firm's hiring tendencies to ensure diversity when hiring new lawyers.
Is your firm's hiring committee a diverse group of individuals? Because of our natural human tendency to feel comfortable with people who look like us and share our backgrounds, hiring committees should include females and minorities, and the best way to do that is through the summer clerkship program. Clerkships present the best opportunity for law firms to recruit minority law students. However, because of old habits, tradition and basic inertia, many law firms' recruitment programs are not designed to appeal to minority law students.