The firm has indicated that although it does not aniticpate that it will make fewer offers to current summers than previous years, it will not be setting start dates to earlier than January 2011, leaving open the possibility that it could defer associates even more than that.
No deferment stipends have been announced. Looks like Ropes & Gray summers should ready themselves for some sitting on their hands. Take heart, though. It's happening to every overachieving kid, in every industry.