The New York Times ran an article this morning on the new report from Law Students Building a Better Legal Profession, a student-run organization that seeks to transform the legal world, making it more diverse and more amenable to, you know, basic existence.
The organization ranked firms in legal markets across the country on the number of female, minority, and LGBT associates and partners. And, shockingly, most firms didn’t do all that well.
In D.C., no firm got higher that a B+ (way to go, Nixon Peabody), but the District’s firms didn’t score Fs either. The lowest was Mayer Brown with a D– (c’mon, gentlemen, get with the 21st century).
Most of the firms ranked in the C range, and according to the NYT, while some of the firms may dispute the rankings they agree that these numbers matter. After all, the top students look at diversity rankings numbers when deciding which firm to join.
Legal Times will examine these numbers in depth in our upcoming diversity issue, which comes out next week. Until then, check out this LT article about the students who founded Law Students Building a Better Legal Profession.