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Kirkland & Ellis drops mandatory arbitration for associates amid law student boycott

Karen Sloan writes, “Kirkland & Ellis will no longer require associates and summer associates to sign mandatory arbitration agreements.

The change comes after a group of Harvard law students last week called on classmates to boycott the firm during the upcoming summer associate recruiting season unless Kirkland abandoned the 10-year-old policy. A Kirkland spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday on why the firm decided to do away with mandatory arbitration for all associates, nor was it clear whether the policy change applied to firm staff as well.”

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