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October 5, 2010 12:17 PM

Summer Associates Survey 2010: Chill in the Air

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Assoc_Survey_TALSE Summer may be little more than a distant memory now, but this year's version of The American Lawyer's annual Summer Associates Survey offers a reminder of what kind of season it was for those who spent it working as law firm interns.

As contributing writer Susan Hansen reports in the just-published American Lawyer Student Edition: "For this year's summer law clerks, 2010 is likely to go down as the year of the even leaner, meaner summer program. Like their predecessors last year, this year's summer class got a stark reminder of the heavy toll the recession has taken on the legal business, as many top law firms continued to cut back the length of their summer programs, from 12 weeks to ten or, in some cases, ten weeks to eight--if they had summer programs at all.

Hansen notes that "in 2010, the size of summer classes was also down significantly from last year, as many firms scaled back their recruiting efforts, knowing they'd have far fewer full-time associate jobs to fill. On the bright side, firms were generally better able than they were last year to assure the summer clerks they did hire that they would get full-time job offers, provided they did good work. In the end, almost three-quarters of those who answered The American Lawyer's 2010 Summer Associates Survey said they had either already gotten or expected to get an offer from their firms."

That, Hansen reports, is "an improvement over 2009, when only about half of the associates surveyed were expected to receive full-time offers." On the downside, Hansen adds, "this year's numbers are still down sharply from 2006, when 87 percent of those surveyed said they expected a job offer--and when nearly all but the most lackadaisical summer associates were almost guaranteed to get offers."

Click here for the the full story.

The complete digital version of The American Lawyer Student Edition is available here.


Illustration by James Steinberg 


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