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Cravath Delays Start of Summer Program, Guarantees Offers

April 17, 2020, 5:33 PM

Cravath Swaine & Moore has delayed the start of its summer associate program, but is extending offers to its newest crop of talent as the coronavirus pandemic has forced law firms to rethink those programs.

Cravath will go virtual for the beginning of its summer program, which has been postponed to mid to late June. The New York-based firm is also guaranteeing offers to its 2Ls to rejoin it as an associate in 2021 and its 1L summer associates to rejoin the firm next summer.

Safety concerns and shelter in place restrictions have forced law firms to change the format of their summer associate programming, which has long served as law students first introduction to Big Law life.

Davis Polk & Wardwell confirmed it has delayed the start of its program but has guaranteed full pay and full-time offers to its summers after graduation. Cahill Gordon & Reindel suspended its summer program, but the firm extended full-time offers to its summer associates to join the firm after their graduation in the fall of 2021.

Fenwick & West told Bloomberg Law that it too is shifting to a shortened all-virtual summer program for 2020, beginning on June 15.

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Baker Botts, and Goodwin Procter have also all shifted to shortened virtual summer programs. Jones Day is launching its virtual summer program on May 18.

Other firms have opted for outright cancellation. Seyfarth Shaw said on Friday that it would cancel its summer associate program this year, but provide an unspecific stipend to its rising 3Ls and offer the option to join the firm as associates in the fall of 2021.

Arent Fox, Pepper Hamilton and Troutman Sanders have also scratched their summer programming, though they have also extended offers to their summer associates to join the firm as associates following their respective graduations.

To contact the reporter on this story: Meghan Tribe in New York at mtribe@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com; Andrew Harris at aharris@bloomberglaw.com

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