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Law departments ask in RFPs about flexible working policies at law firms

From PLCLaw Dept. Quart., Vol. 3, Jan.-March 2007 at 15-16, comes survey data about how many mostly European law departments require information on “flexible working policies” within the law firms they might retain. According to the article, 4.8 percent of the responding departments ask for that information on what I presume covers policies on telecommuting, alternatives to the traditional 9-5 hours, maternity leave, and other arrangements (See my post of March 24, 2007: family-friendly as a term for flexible arrangements; Nov. 30, 2007: whether family-friendliness in firms matters to law departments.).

Even so, when it’s crunch time to pick a firm, I doubt that lawyers in law departments that say they ask about flextime polices, are swayed much by a firm’s stance on flexible working policies (See my post of April 22, 2008: “ethical infrastructure” of law firms unlikely to influence selection of firms.).