Latham & Watkins will host virtual summer programs for second and first-year law students as firms look for new ways to deliver programming to their incoming talent amid health and safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Latham’s program will begin June 1 and run through its original end date of July 24, Latham confirmed Monday, noting that it will honor its full financial commitment to the law students it will host. Offers to rejoin the firm will be made at the end of the summer as per usual at the firm.
Latham had previously informed its summer associates that it intended to hold a 2020 summer program, which was scheduled to begin May 18.
“We are looking forward to welcoming our newest colleagues, the 2020 class of Summer Associates and 1L Fellows, to the firm,” Abid Qureshi, chair of Latham’s global recruiting committee, said in a statement.
“During these unprecedented times, we are taking advantage of Latham’s advanced digital tools and technologies to ensure a rewarding program filled with meaningful experiences and virtual exposure to the firm’s people, work, and culture—all while safeguarding the health, safety, and well-being of all of our colleagues,” he added.
Moving to virtual programming has been one way law firms have sought to adjust their summer associate programs, which serve as tryouts for their newest crop of talent.
Baker Botts, Baker McKenzie, Davis Wright Tremaine, Fenwick & West, Goodwin Procter and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe have all moved to shortened, virtual programs. Cravath Swaine & Moore has delayed the start of its summer program to mid to late June and has guaranteed offers to its summer associates to join the firm after graduation.
Other law firms have opted to nix their summer programming. Squire Patton Boggs announced last week that it would cancel its summer program, but would make job offers to those would-be participants.