Paul Hastings has announced, according to Above the Law, that it will be making offers to approximately 75% of its current summer class. Of those offers, some associates will start in 2010, but others will be deferred to January 2011.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is scaling back its summer 2010 program, and will host one third the students it usually does, the firm said Friday. And, because it hosted so many students in San Francisco the past couple of summers, it’s not sure how many, if any, it will bring on next year.
You may have read something about this on ATL, which reported that the program on the West Coast was cancelled. While the firm says it hasn’t yet made a decision, it doesn’t look like there’s much hope.
Pillsbury had 50 summers nationwide this year, while next year it expects to bring on a much reduced class, about 15 to 17 students, according to a firm statement.
“Although it is true that our efforts will be focused and considerably more extensive in NY, DC and Houston, it is inaccurate to say that we have ‘canceled’ our program for SF,” the statement said.
“Rather, because we had comparatively larger summer classes in San Francisco in both summers 2008 and 2009 programs, we need to learn how many of those from the 2009 summer class to whom we are about to give offers will be accepting on the before we can determine how many, if any, 2010 summer associates we will need in California.”
For more information on other firms who are canceling programs and deferring current summers, check out our table.
Summer program cancelation update: the latest firms to axe their OCI schedules or shutter programs entirely are Dorsey & Whitney and Quarles & Brady.
The former is canceling OCI in all cities but Minneapolis, and the latter has canceled its 2010 program, according to Above the Law.
You can find out more information about other firms who have taken similar steps by visiting our 2010 table of doom.
As we close in on fall recruiting season, there is an expectation that more firms will be following suit and making similar announcements. If you hear any information you'd like to share with The Shark readers, please email us.
I've just added Proskauer Rose, who, you might have heard, just deferred current summers to fall 2011, to our 2010 table of doom. The firm has not announced a public interest program or any deferral stipends.
Don't forget to email us with tips on start date deferrals and summer program cancelations.
Law schools are doing all sortsof things to try to look less helpless against an abysmal job market.
Santa Clara University School of Law is the latest to roll out an extra program — one that’s built on advice from working lawyers.
Last summer, the school asked a number of well-placed alums for help understanding the looming recession and its impact on recruiting.
It formed what it calls the Legal Recruitment Advisory Board, which includes the dean, law faculty and deans, members of the career services staff, and eight alumni who hold managing or hiring partner posts at firms of all sizes. There’s even a corporate counsel.
It was a coincidence that their first meeting was held one week after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, said Vicki Huebner, the assistant dean for law career services. Good timing!
Offered in the spring and fall, the courses will focus on law firm economics and practice management, Huebner said. A third course is in the works, focusing on professional development skills. That class will have an intro to litigation and transactional work.
The courses are informed by insights from the working alumni.
One of the general themes that have come out of discussions was the growing specialization of law practices, Dennis Brown told us Thursday afternoon. The managing partner of Littler Mendelson’s San Jose office who also sits on the advisory board, said the best chance to get a position in the new economy is to get some experience in a sub-specialty of the law – whether through clinical programs, volunteer work or externships.
“When I graduated from law school, hiring decisions were primarily based on GPA and getting a broad survey of general law courses so you could run, ride, rope and shoot — like a cowboy,” Brown said. “What we have seen, especially with a dwindling job market, is the firms no longer have the capacity or inclination to take the raw clay and to shape it completely into something they would like the associate to be.”
The other alums are: Cooley Godward Kronish chief operating officer and litigation partner Mark Pitchford; Teresa Corbin at Howrey; Kathryn Meier, the former managing partner of Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel; DLA Piper’s Managing Partner of the East Palo Alto Office Andrew Valentine; Randy Gard at Gard & Kaslow; Wilson Sonsini partner Rod Strickland and Frederick Gonzalez, general counsel at SonicWall.
After all the baseball analogies used during Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination hearings, I think it's time we called a moratorium on baseball-sounding language of any kind in relation to anything going on in the legal world.
According to a posting on the site, new associates at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP "are heading to the minors" of a new associate training ground - or "farm", as they're calling it - before going into the big league law firm.
Rather than proceeding straight into the hungry, gaping maw of a ginormous law firm after graduating from law school, green and somewhat-immature new associates will get sent to associate farms, where they will have the time to plump up and ripen with knowledge of the legal world for maximum nom-ability.
If you're thinking that this all sounds like something that would appear on a Sci-Fi channel show - oh, excuse me: Syfy - or like the plot for a new book by Margaret Atwood then you've just hit it out of the ballpark.
Yup. The post isn't real news, but satire from Litination, a satire site intended to blend real and fake legal news for entertainment purposes only.
But is there some truth to this fiction?
Is the current "Big Law" system broken? Are new law school graduates as unprepared for "real world" practice as the article says they are? Is it really all that bad to be transferred over to DLA Piper?
And is baseball really the best analogy for law and all things law related?
DLA also announced that it will push back its recruiting to spring, similar to the plan announced by Orrick. As ATL points out:
"Of course, assuming that firms like DLA and Orrick still hire summer associates for 2010, and defer them to 2012 or beyond, eventually all of these deferrals are going to have to catch up with the firms. Either the firms will have to greatly reduce the number of summers hired or offers extended, or at some point they will have to accept a huge class of first-year attorneys. Nobody really wants to turn law school into a four-year experience where the fourth year is spent hiding out in a public interest organization."
DLA would-be first years can participate in a public interest fellowship through January 2012 with a stipend of $60k. Unless I can't read (possible), DLA did not announce if it plans to offer a stipend for all those who choose to enter the firm in January of 2011.
You can check out the firm's full memo to law school deans and career services offices, after the jump. You can also check out our ever-growing list of firms who have deferred 2010 offers and/or modified summer programs and recruiting policies here.
Good afternoon. As if I opened the floodgates last week by starting our 2010 table of doom (not that I think I'm god, or anything), more firms have announced various cost-cutting measures that put law students and newly minted JDs on the front lines. A few glimpses:
Ballard Spahr, Thompson Hine, and Squire Sanders have all announced that they are canceling their 2010 summer programs. According to ATL, Thompson Hine chose to keep it real classy, not issue any formal announcement, and put the onus on law school recruiting offices to let students know.
Penn Law School sent this email out to its students, to aprise them of various changes in firm involvement in OCI:
"Dear Students, As we near the close of bidding, we wanted to provide you with an update on schedule changes that we received so far today. Akin Gump went from 40 interview slots in NYC and 40 interview slots in DC to 20 interview slots in NYC and 20 interview slots in DC.
Paul Weiss went from 80 interview slots to 60 interview slots.
Ballard Spahr will not have a 2010 summer program and, as such, has canceled on campus interviews."
"[Weil Gotshal] is giving all of its current summers... the option of deferring their start date from January 2011 until January 2012, and it will pay any summer who chooses the 2012 option a $75,000 stipend and health benefits--provided the summer gets a firm-approved public service job."
White & Case has announced the current summers who are in receipt of offers will be able to join in fall 2011. The firm "fully expects" that "most, if not all" current summers will receive offers. No word on whether or not most, if not all will receive deferral packages.
Despite all this, there's Covington & Burling. Not to gloat and preen, of course, but the firm sent a memo to all its current summers in exultation of the fact that it has no plans to defer and will conduct fall recruiting in a "typically robust" fashion.
I've received some email tips about some other major firms canceling summer programs, so while we look into those, please take a moment and email me about anything you've heard.
OK, I think we are seeing the harbingers of critical mass. Morgan, Lewis did it. Orrick followed, and so did Hogan & Hartson. And now Weil Gotshal is telling its current summer associates, Hey, if you're lucky enough to get a full-time offer at the end of this summer, don't think you're lucky enough to be start within a year of graduation.
Hot on the heels of Ropes & Gray and Cravath, two more biglaw firms have announced that they're going to rock the worlds of law students and young associates. In a bad way. ATL has broken the news that both Morgan Lewis and Hogan & Hartson are deferring current summer associates' offers by a year.
The former is also cutting its summer 2010 program, eliminating lockstep (for 2010), and canceling appearances at OCI this fall. Whew. According to ATL "the firm plans to pass on some of these savings to its clients." Yeah, yeah.
In an internal memo, Hogan & Hartson honchos explain the firm's deferral of current summers:
"The specifics of the deferral program have not yet been decided -- only that the start date will be in 2011, not 2010.. The summers learned this news this morning; we hope you will make yourselves available to them to discuss the issue if, or when, they come to you for advice about their deferral year."
By "specifics," I'm assuming that they haven't yet decided if they're going to give you guys any money.
We'll have more on this news as the story progresses throughout the day. In the meantime, check out our brand new table of doom.