Top firms broaden recruitment horizons in social mobility drive
Disadvantaged students considering a career in law may be given greater access to the profession as several top law firms have joined a working group with the aim of adopting a 'contextual recruitment' scheme. The system, which is set to be rolled out later this year, could introduce a new element to recruitment across all industries including law, allowing firms to rate candidates against the average performance of their school, potentially widening the pool of recruits considered. Firms including Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Ashurst have teamed up with diversity recruitment and training company Rare to form a working group looking into the new system, which will also allow firms to take into account economic background and personal circumstances, such as whether they are the first generation of their family to go to university, or whether they have spent time in care.
CC, Freshfields, Ashurst looking at system to widen pool of recruits
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