Fordham University Takes a Stand on Professionalism

In a letter posted on abovethelaw.com,  Dean William Treanor of Fordham University informed students that law firm had been banned from the campus interview process after it cancelled scheduled interviews. The basis for the ban is lack of professionalism. The letter states in part:

Ethics and professionalism are at the heart of the legal profession. At Fordham Law, we strive to impart to our students the importance of these principles through our curriculum, clinics, and activities–and during the job search process. The importance of law schools instilling the tenets of professionalism in students is a theme we continually hear from legal employers.

While disappointing, Reed Smith’s action is more disheartening because of the lack of professionalism it conveys.

At Fordham Law, we require our students to conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism, and we expect employers to demonstrate the same high standards.

It’s a bold and gutsy move on the part of Fordham, but sometimes that is what is required by ethics and professionalism. As the Dean says, ethics and professionalism are at the heart of the legal profession.

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