November 3, 2023
With universities across the United States grappling with a rise in antisemitism since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, elite law firms are putting schools on notice. In a letter to some of the nation’s top law schools obtained by The New York Times’ DealBook, about two dozen major Wall Street firms warned that what happens on campus could have corporate consequences.
“We look to you to ensure your students who hope to join our firms after graduation are prepared to be an active part of workplace communities that have zero tolerance policies for any form of discrimination or harassment, much less the kind that has been taking place on some law school campuses,” the firms wrote.
Among the firms that signed the letter are:
- Cravath, Swaine & Moore
- Debevoise & Plimpton
- Kirkland & Ellis
- Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
- Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
- Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Another signatory, Davis Polk & Wardwell, last month rescinded job offers over letters blaming Israel for the October 7 Hamas attack.
The letter follows a series of recent antisemitic episodes at universities. New York Governor Kathy Hochul sought this week to reassure Jewish students at Cornell after online posts threatening violence against them. Students at other schools have said they feel increasingly unsafe amid rallies and other acts that, in some instances, have become violent.
Research contact: @nytimes