Kirkland & Ellis will no longer require associates andsummer associates to sign mandatory arbitration agreements.

The change comes after a group of Harvard law students last weekcalled on classmates to boycott the firm during the upcoming summer associaterecruiting season unless Kirkland abandoned the 10-year-old policy.A Kirkland spokesman did not immediately respond to requests forcomment Wednesday on why the firm decided to do away with mandatoryarbitration for all associates, nor was it clear whether the policychange applied to firm staff as well.


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