Long, Uncertain Season Lies Ahead for Big Law Summer Associates

June 1, 2020, 12:51 PM

Summers are typically when law students get a glimpse of life in Big Law, but due to the Covid-19 outbreak, firms have moved to virtual, shortened summer associate programs or have canceled them.

Balancing Act: In deciding what to do this summer, law firms have had to balance health and safety concerns with an effort to avoid a repeat of Great Recession-era hiring decisions that disrupted their talent pipeline. As for law students, their futures just got a little less clear.

Protect and Invest: “Law firms have put such a huge emphasis on how to handle their summer programs and, while they need to protect the associates they have now, they also have to protect and invest in their future,” said Summer Eberhard, managing director in the associate practice group at Major Lindsey & Africa.

Meghan Tribe has the story.

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