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As the #MeToo Movement stakes its place in legal education, law students at some of the countries top schools have pressured major law firms to do away with requiring summer associates to sign mandatory arbitration agreements that could involve sexual harassment claims. In this Instant Insights, we look at the result of the students’ efforts and the power dynamics at play.

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Even the world’s richest law firm can’t ignore a hashtag these days—especially one that threatens to limit its access to top talent.

Kirkland & Ellis gave critics of mandatory arbitration provisions a reason to be grateful just before the Thanksgiving holiday, when the country’s top-grossing firm announced it would no longer require associates and summer associates to sign mandatory arbitration provisions to work there.

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Meghan Tribe

Meghan Tribe is a reporter covering the changing face of Big Law, from lateral moves and work-from-home programs to diversity initiatives. Contact her at [email protected] On Twitter: @TribeMeghan

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