Nonattorney employees at Kirkland & Ellis will no longer be required to sign mandatory arbitration agreements, amid pressure from law students who say such arrangements disproportionately hurt women and minorities.

“The Firm Committee has now also determined to extend that policy so that the Firm will no longer require arbitration of any employment disputes that may be brought by any employee who is not an attorney,” reads in internal firm memo obtained by (A law firm spokesman did not respond to a request for comment Friday on the change.)