Nearly half of the 374 Big Law firms recently polled by U.S. law schools declined to say whether they require new associates to sign mandatory arbitration agreements.
Dozens of U.S. law schools sent the survey to law firms in mid-May following outcry from students that the firms might require them to give up their rights to sue over employment practices in court.
The schools released the results of the survey June 11.
188 firms—including Kirkland & Ellis, which is known to require associates to sign arbitration agreements—didn’t respond. A copy of an arbitration agreement given to a current summer associate ...