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March 18, 2010 5:39 PM

The Class of 2010 Start Dates are Rolling In

Posted by Zach Lowe

Note: Due to incorrect information supplied by personnel at Ropes & Gray, the initial version of this post incorrectly stated that incoming associates at Ropes will not be eligible for a salary advance. Incoming Ropes first-years will be eligible for an advance of up to $20,000, the firm says.

Members of the law school class of 2010 who don't already know their start dates or deferral situations should expect a wave of announcements in the next few weeks, and the folks at Above the Law have a running list of firms that have already made their decisions.

We're here to add a few more pieces of news. A source at Ropes & Gray confirms associates will start in January 2011 "at the earliest," with no more specifics provided beyond that. Associates will not receive a stipend unless they participate in a program through which Ropes connects them with public interest jobs; start dates for those associates placed in jobs will be later than the rest of the class. Those who decline the public interest option will not receive a stipend or a salary advance, the source says.

We've got mixed news out of Proskauer Rose, via two sources familiar with the matter. A minority of its 70 or so incoming associates (the exact number has not yet been determined) will start nearly on time while the rest will be deferred until November 2011. 

Finally, Cahill Gordon & Reindel has set a hard mid-January start date for some of its incoming associates. The firm won't offer those associates a stipend during the downtime, but it will extend a salary advance. A firm spokeswoman declined to comment.

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We've heard from most of the V10. Where is Kirkland in all of this?

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