A former Shearman & Sterling partner and a Silicon Valley business leader who started his career at the firm believe not only that they’ve spotted an inefficiency at the heart of the Big Law hiring model, but that they’ve found a way to solve it.

Legal Innovators, the new startup from longtime Shearman international arbitration attorney Jonathan Greenblatt and veteran technology and services CEO Bryan Parker, promises to give law students a back door into prestigious firms while offering these firms and corporate law departments a way to keep costs down on entry-level attorneys.