How can you recruit minority attorneys in your law firm?
  • Does your firm tend to hire males?
  • Whites?
  • Graduates of a particular law school?
  • Fraternity/sorority members?
  • Golfers?
A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

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.