Adam Smith, Esq. Launches JD Match to Address Flawed System to Recruit Law Students by Law Firms; K&L Gates Signs as First Charter Member

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JD Match is the first-ever online recruiting service designed to address the dysfunctional law student hiring process and complement traditional on-campus interviewing. The new service for the U.S. is membership based and helps pair law firms' preferred students with students' preferred firms.

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"The way law firms recruit students is chaotic resulting in far too many mismatches that exact a heavy financial and human toll on all involved," said JD Match CEO Janet Stanton.

Adam Smith Esq., a management consulting firm to the global legal industry, today announced the launch of JD Match, the first-ever online recruiting service designed to address the dysfunctional law student hiring process with a more efficient system. The service is membership based and is open to all law students, law firms and law schools in the U.S.

The new online solution uses a proprietary matching algorithm and other features to pair firms’ preferred students with students’ preferred firms and increase the chance for longer-lasting relationships between the two parties. JD Match complements (and does not replace) traditional on-campus interviewing during which the top 250 law firms ranked by the National Law Journal fill an estimated 9,500 associate positions annually from U.S. law schools.

“For years, there has been all but universal consensus that the way law firms recruit students is chaotic resulting in far too many mismatches between firms and students,” said Janet Stanton, CEO of JD Match. “These exact a heavy financial and human toll on all involved; JD Match will bring order, transparency, and efficiency to this disorderly market.”

JD Match will run its matching algorithm three times during the fall 2011 on-campus recruiting season. The proprietary software will initially pair 2L law student members with law firm members based on the preferences of each. Beyond the algorithm, JD Match has other features to benefit firms, students and schools, including new ways for firms and students to discover each other, not previously available. Together, these features help ensure more mutually beneficial pairings between firms and students. JD Match streamlines introductions between the two parties; job offers are not made via JD Match.

Law students from any U.S. law school can create a profile on JD Match for the inaugural fee of $99, which covers the 2011 2L recruiting cycle. Law firms joining JD Match pay an annual subscription fee based on their lawyer headcount, a common pricing structure for the profession. Membership for law schools is free.

“The recent recession caused the great train wreck in law firm recruiting of students. Everyone knew something had to be done; the time for this has come,” said Bruce MacEwen, president of JD Match.” JD Match enables firms to discover a broader array of talented law students in ways they never could before and to do so easily with an online solution that minimizes expense and guesswork.”

About JD Match
JD Match is an online recruiting service founded in April 2011 to address the flawed system for recruiting law students into law firms. It is open to all U.S. law schools, law students and firms seeking to hire from law schools. Please visit JDMatch.com; follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter @JDMatch.

About Adam Smith, Esq.
Adam Smith, Esq., founded in 2003, is a management consulting firm to the global legal industry. It publishes the industry’s esteemed online legal publication, AdamSmithEsq.com to address the economic and strategic issues facing sophisticated law firms. AdamSmithEsq.com, generates more than 4 million page views annually with subscribers among the legal industry’s leading practitioners and authorities.

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