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Some law firms delay start of summer associate programs because of novel coronavirus

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Some law firms have announced that they are delaying the start date of their summer associate programs and shortening their length because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At least four law firms are making the move, report Law360, Bloomberg Law (here and here) and Above the Law. Another firm has reportedly canceled its program altogether, according to Above the Law.

The law firms are:

• Cooley, which is delaying its program until June 15, the law firm confirmed in statements to Law360 and Bloomberg Law. The program will last six weeks instead of 10.

• Vinson & Elkins, which is pushing back the start date to at least June 15, according to an email sent to summer associates that was obtained by Law360 and Bloomberg Law.

• DLA Piper, which is postponing its summer associate program until June 29 and ending it July 31, according to a statement sent to Law360 and Bloomberg Law.

• Sidley Austin, which is delaying the start of its program until at least June 1, a source told Law360. The law firm will pay summer associates for the number of weeks mentioned in offer letters, according to tipsters who spoke with Above the Law.

• FordHarrison, which told students in a letter obtained by Above the Law that it is canceling its summer program.

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