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Elena Kagan was grilled this morning on her opposition to allowing the military to use Harvard’s Office of Career Services to recruit students. Her response was less than solidifying; she said that students at HLS had access to military recruiters “every single day I was dean.”
Well, sort of. The OCS is where all HLS students go when they want to find a job. Period. They register for interviews with particular firms (including the military) via a website that allows them to bid for interviews. If a firm isn’t included in this list, chances are that most students will never hear about the firm. By banning the military from OCS, Kagan effectively shut down their ability to recruit. It’s that simple.