Law Firm Bans Hiring of New Ivy Grads

July 20, 2015

Adam Leitman Bailey, founder of an eponymous law firm in New York, is stirring up controversy with a piece in The Huffington Post about why his firm will not hire new graduates of Ivy League law schools. "Our hires come from the top of the classes of the second-, third- or fourth-tier law schools. We find these men and women we take under our wing to be more ambitious and more hungry to excel in the legal profession," writes Bailey, a law graduate of Syracuse University. "They are hardworking and usually grew up with a middle- or lower-class upbringing. We do not hire our clients' sons and daughters unless they demonstrate the same merits as any stranger to our family. The candidates we recruit are those who have been battle tested in one manner or another. They have been forced to compete against their peers to rank at the top of their law school and college classes."

A response in the blog Above the Law called Bailey's essay "the stupidest thing I have read all week," explaining that "any hard and fast hiring rule is stupid. 'Oh, we only hire grads from Harvard' is equally as dumb as Bailey’s ban on all top-tier law grads."

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