Law Firms Delay Decisions on Job Offers to Summer Associates
Posted Aug 28, 2009 7:33 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Law firms are taking longer to make job offers this year, according to a career official at Temple University's Beasley School of Law.
Melissa Lennon, the school’s assistant dean for career planning, told the Legal Intelligencer that she is tracking about 20 law firms, but only four have made job offers to their summer associates for 2010 employment. In some cases, offers haven’t been made even though shortened summer programs ended weeks ago.
The article cites a few examples. Dechert says it offered jobs to “well more than half” of its summer associates, and it will defer hiring decisions on the others until after the first of the year.
Similarly, Blank Rome has also offered jobs to about half of its summer associates for a January 2011 start date, and will delay a decision on the others until January or after.