Law students fight forced arbitration

Last month, the Supreme Court upheld the right of companies to enforce employment clauses that require employees to use arbitration to settle disagreements rather than joining class action lawsuits. Research shows arbitration agreements are being used more often by employers, but some employees — and law students in particular — are fighting back, causing some companies and law firms to reconsider the practice, according to CNN. After facing criticism for forcing summer associates to sign arbitration agreements, some law firms have reversed course and ended the practice. However, since the Supreme Court upheld the use of the agreements, even more companies are expected to force potential employees to sign them before they can be hired. CNN reports that more than half of private, non-union employers use arbitration agreements.