Finally, order comes
to the recruiting process
Adam Smith, Esq. presents JD Match,
the recruiting service that pairs firms with students in a rational, controlled way
For years, law schools have been unhappy with the way their students are recruited by law firms.
In the competition for top candidates, firms look for an edge. Offers close sooner, and are accepted under intense pressure. Students feel they have to take the “bird in the hand,” afraid to wait for a later offer that might never come. Anxiety reigns. Chaos ensues.
As a result, too many firms hire the wrong candidates. Too many students go with the wrong firms. Too many junior associates end up resigning, wasting the substantial investment of firms that never should have hired them in the first place, and potentially leaving the young lawyer disillusioned.
JD Match: an alternative to chaos
During the Fall and Spring recruiting seasons, JD Match introduces a more rational process. For the first time, an advanced matching algorithm can pair your students with the firms they most want to work for.
The algorithm will run multiple Match Days during each recruiting season, to complement your OCI process. If, after the last Match Day, some students are still not recruited, a different algorithm – JD Recommends – will bring together firms and students who don’t necessarily know each other, matching them according to desirable attributes.
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.
Other ways to connect
Since it’s impossible for every firm to visit every school, your school may very well have “hidden gems” the firms don’t know about. JD Match offers additional features designed to bring greater transparency to the process, and help you help your students:
• JD Reach allows firms to specify general characteristics desired in candidates (school tier, GPA, LSAT, language fluency, etc.), then identifies all student members who meet those criteria
• JD Recommends gives firms and students a “second shot” at finding each other, once the final Match Day is over, using a different algorithm to compare the attributes of unmatched member students with the needs of member firms
New kinds of information
The robust JD Match algorithm can generate a wide range of recruiting data that has never before been available. From this data comes JD Reports, which provide entirely new types of reports schools can use to track their progress and refine their strategies. Over time, as historical data is acquired, JD Reports will grow in scope, sophistication and its ability to spot trends.
An improved success rate
By introducing a rational, algorithm-based matching system to the recruiting process – as well as providing firms new services to discover students in ways they simply could not do before – JD Match helps law schools place the highest possible percentage of their graduates at the most respected firms.
This can’t help but reflect positively on the prestige and ultimate desirability of participating schools.