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Noah Feldman

The Supreme Court Will Make It Harder to Hire a Diverse Team

Two cases pending before the justices involve affirmative action at universities, but there are clear implications for companies.

Where’d everybody go?

Where’d everybody go?

Photographer: Bloomberg

Today, the Supreme Court is hearing two cases that are widely expected to overturn long-standing precedent and reject diversity as a rationale for considering race in university admissions. One case involves Harvard University, and the other the University of North Carolina. The ruling not only heralds major changes for higher education, but for private corporations as well.

The most obvious short-term consequence for employers is entry-level hiring. Elite employers recruit from elite universities. If those universities become less racially diverse, then the companies that recruit heavily from them — particularly those in tech, finance, law, accounting and consulting — may as well.