Squire Patton Boggs has canceled its summer associate program and extended job offers to law students who had been slated to participate as fallout from the coronavirus pandemic forces law firms to rethink their summer offerings.
The law firm confirmed on Thursday that in light of health and safety concerns it would not hold the 2020 program. These programs are normally a mainstay of the Big Law associate recruitment process and serve as law students’ introduction to firm life.
Instead, Squire Patton Boggs said that it will provide each individual with offers for future employment as well as a $5,000 stipend in lieu of the nine-week program salary. For instance, rising 3Ls will be extended offers to join the firm as associates in 2021 and the firm will provide online information and orientation sessions for them.
Other law firms have brought their entire summer programs online, in the interest of health and safety.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has delayed the start of its summer program to June 22, with pro-rated pay that has been reduced to match the associate salary cuts announced in March by the firm. Cadwalader has also extended offers to its summers to return to the firm next year. Cravath, Swaine & Moore, another Wall Street heavyweight, has also been among the firms to guarantee job offers.
Other law firms have gone the route of Squire Patton Boggs, canceling their programs entirely. Arent Fox, Pepper Hamilton, and Troutman Sanders have all nixed their summer programs, though they have also extended offers to their summer associates to join the firm following graduation.