The next stop on the Building a Better Legal Profession recent Northeast campus tour was Yale Law School. YLS was a smaller crowd (due to the smaller overall size of the school) and a little less interactive. I had a few questions from the audience, and everyone seemed glad to have heard the presentation, but when I tossed out some of the more controversial ideas like the fact that BBLP gives a firm in NYC an A for its over-representation of female associates -- look it up on our website to find out which firm and what percent! - I did not get any responses. I don't know if they didn't see it as controversial, didn't want to speak up about something that could be seen as controversial, or were just ready for a nap! Either way, the crowd was slightly less involved than HLS, but still a great crowd. Happily, a few students did approach me after the presentation interested in forming a chapter there, so be on the lookout for that. Big thanks to Jomaire Crawford, YLS BLSA president, for helping organize this event.
The "wintry mix" had followed me from Cambridge to New Haven, so I knew it was time to get away and on to my next stop -- Columbia Law School. The presentation at CLS went off without a hitch thanks to Adelle Fontanet, the president of CLS's Empowering Women of Color student organization. Adelle responded enthusiastically to my original email months ago looking for support at each law school for the tour because she had used www.betterlegalprofession.org in her own search for firms to interview with through Columbia Law School's early interview program.
As far as the presentation went, I had hit my stride by then and delivering it felt like second nature. We got a pretty good crowd and a few of the questions that I have come to expect from law students through my travels such as: how can I tactfully bring up my interest in topics like diversity and pro bono commitment during an interview? The answer to this and many other questions can be found in BBLP's Guide to Law Firms or request from your law school's office of career services.
Building a Better Legal Profession (BBLP) is an organization based at Stanford Law School. BBLP is a national grassroots movement that seeks market-based workplace reforms in large private law firms. For more information, visit BBLP's Web site at www.betterlegalprofession.org.