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Welcome to the future of law student recruiting

9:00 am 2011 June 10
by Bruce

Welcome to JD Match Views, the new blog of JD Match.

Follow us here as well as on our News & Highlights page to all things current surrounding JD Match.

We’ll try to keep you informed, entertained, and with luck be able to start a small community of like-minded, curious people willing to explore new ways of doing things where the current system is fundamentally broken.

Why JDMatch?

It is no secret that the current system of hiring law students is seriously flawed. For years, law firms, law students, and law schools alike have decried a chaotic and frustrating process—a source of high anxiety for all parties.

Enter JD Match, an idea whose time many thought would never come.

Finally, a more rational process

JD Match builds on the current recruiting process, using an advanced algorithm to optimize the preferences of member firms and member candidates. The algorithm matches firms’ preferred students with students’ preferred firms, maximizing both parties’ chances for a strong, lasting relationship.

JD Match is not a replacement for the existing system. It’s an enhancement. It complies with—and complements—all applicable NALP and school guidelines, improving results across the board.

How it works

JD Match is an online membership service open to all law firms, law students, and law schools. A key benefit of membership is participation in the Match Days that occur during the traditional 2L recruiting season—in August, September and October.

Leading up to each Match Day:

Firms specify the number of slots they have available

Firms rank the students they’d most like to hire, in order of preference

Students rank the firms they’d most like to work for, in their order of preference

On each Match Day, the JD Match algorithm compares the firms’ preferences for students with the students’ preferences for firms, giving both firms and students their best chance of arranging a preferred hiring situation.

Other ways to connect

With the understanding that firms can never know every student or visit every school, JD Match offers three additional features designed to make firms aware of desirable candidates they might otherwise miss:

JD Reach allows firms to specify general characteristics desired in candidates (school tier, GPA, LSAT, language proficiency, etc.), then identifies all student members who meet those criteria

JD Guide lets firms know which students ranked them highly, allowing both firms and students to focus on their most promising opportunities

JD Recommends gives firms and students a “second shot” at finding each other, once OCI is over, using a different algorithm to compare the attributes of unmatched member students with the needs of member firms

Credit where credit is due

JD Match owes an enormous debt of gratitude to the underlying intellectual insight and the ceaselessly inspiring personal support of Ashish Nanda, Robert Braucher Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School as well as Faculty Director of Executive Education and Research Director at the Program on the Legal Profession and the Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry.

Ashish was one of the first to write convincingly of potential mechanisms to improve the dysfunctional law student recruiting marketplace; we have followed where he led.

Again, welcome to JD Match Views. Be sure to let us know what you think.

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