Law firm to start name-blind hiring for summer students

Posted
July 12, 2018
Article Source
Canadian Lawyer Magazine

A Toronto law firm will be removing names from hundreds of applications it receives from law students hopeful to land a summer position at the firm, in an effort to promote more diverse recruitment. 

Shara Roy, a partner and co-head of the student committee at Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP in Toronto, says about 450 to 600 second-year law students from across Canada apply to be summer students at the firm each year.

This year, the firm will use software to remove names from applications so those reviewing the materials will be taking part in "name-blind screening."

fter the initial round of applications, the firm typically sets up about 180 on-campus interviews with students who express interest in working at the firm, and, ultimately, it hires five to eight of them to work at the firm.  

The move to remove names from applications is to try to improve diversity at the firm, says Roy, as well as encourage other firms to consider the practice. 

"We really strongly believe that, with diverse students in a diverse firm, we'll do better as a firm and we'll be able to better serve our clients, and it has the added benefit of just being the right thing to do," she says. 

The practice of name-blind hiring has been adopted by some companies, including U.K. law firm Clifford Chance, in an effort to curb unconscious bias.

 

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