EXPOSE LAW FIRM MALFEASANCE
BigLaw screws over workers, including its own
Corporate law firms literally invented the types of coercive contracts that keep workers from enforcing their civil rights—and they’re even using them against their own employees, including non-attorney staff. We’re fighting back against the secret clauses that let BigLaw avoid accountability for its harassment and discrimination epidemic.
FIGHT FOR EQUITY IN CLERKSHIPS
End harassment & discrimination in the judiciary
Workplace harassment and discrimination is pervasive—even in the judiciary, the very branch of government charged with ensuring equal protection of the law. We’re holding the judiciary and our law schools accountable for their role in perpetuating a system in which abuse of power goes unchecked.
BUILD PUBLIC SERVICE COMMUNITY
Helping lawyers do justice with their careers
When prestige, power, and student debt push the majority of law school graduates into corporate interest work, something has gone terribly wrong. We believe all students deserve the opportunity to do justice with their careers, and we’re here to help by building a community of law students and lawyers committed to the public interest.
END STUDENT DEBT
Student debt exacerbates inequality in the law
The average debt after law school graduation is $148,800, and this burden is disproportionately borne by first-generation students and students of color. We must eliminate student debt to achieve equity in the legal profession.
RAISE ETHICAL STANDARDS
Ensuring lawyers do right by working people
At least in theory, lawyers have ethical obligations, including not assisting clients in breaking the law or harming others. One way we’re raising standards in the profession is by holding accountable the lawyers who engineered or defended the Trump Administration’s attacks on civil rights, immigrants, workers’ rights, the climate, and democracy itself.
ENACT DIPLOMA PRIVILEGE
Abolish the bar exam & other barriers
Following the lead of advocates like United for Diploma Privilege, we support abolishing the racist, classist, ableist bar exam in favor of diploma privilege—in addition to tearing down other barriers to the profession.
From our work to change the legal profession for the better.
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Law students nationwide are pledging not to interview or work for law firms that are representing the Trump campaign and GOP allies in undermining the results of the 2020 election.
Our democracy is under attack. President Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee have filed frivolous lawsuits in states across the country in an attempt to overturn the results of a fair election and undermine our democratic process. These lawsuits are failing and have received vehement criticism for their meritless attempts to sow discord and distrust.
Law students everywhere are invited to take our pledge not to interview or work for the law firms doing the majority of the legal work for the Trump campaign’s despotic attempts to threaten our election integrity and the future of our nation.
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