Bloomberg Law
June 1, 2020, 10:00 AM

Long, Uncertain Season Lies Ahead for Big Law Summer Associates

Meghan Tribe
Meghan Tribe

Summer associate programs typically serve as law students’ first introductions to life in Big Law, providing work experience coupled with lavish cocktail parties, trips to baseball games, and dinners at expensive restaurants. But this summer will be different.

The coronavirus outbreak has forced many firms to shift to shortened, virtual programs or cancel them altogether. Although some firms have guaranteed full pay and job offers to would-be summer associates, those lawyers in training won’t get some of the other perks of the gig or the chance to find out what it’s like to work for their potential future employers.

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