There are times when Biglaw seems to speak with one voice.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
This week appears to be one of those times.
Current summer associates all across the land are learning that any cherished hope of starting work in 2010 was a fool’s hope. Coming into this week Skadden, Cravath, Orrick and Ropes & Gray had deferred current summer associates (lucky enough to receive offers) to 2011 or beyond. But this week we’ve seen Hogan & Hartson, Morgan Lewis, and Weil Gotshal defer some of their current summer classes as well.
White & Case is the latest firm to join the list.
Read the full memo after the jump.
Given everything that has happened at White & Case over the past few months, this news is probably not that surprising to current summers in New York. The firm released this statement to Above the Law about its latest decision:
White & Case’s New York 2009 summer associates who receive employment offers will be eligible to join the Firm in fall 2011. The Firm has yet to determine the number of offers that will be extended but, as in years past, fully expects that most, if not all, will get offers. We are fortunate to be able to attract the top law school students, and excellent performance tends to be the norm in our summer classes.
As King Théoden might say: “What can men do against such reckless hate?”
Of course, the majority of summer associates are at firms that have not deferred them to 2011. Yet.
Good luck summers. It’ll soon be over and you can retreat back to law school and regroup for the coming battle.
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