Summer Associates

Schulte Summers: Try To Chill Out and Work The Problem

schulte logo.JPGThe Above the Law tips line achieved a critical mass of Schulte Roth chatter after a summer associate meeting at the firm yesterday. We’ve contacted various parties who were at the meeting and the firm itself. Here is what went down.
Over the course of the meeting Jeffrey A. Lenobel, a member of the firm’s executive committee, told summer associates that offers would not be extended at the end of the summer program. Schulte traditionally makes offers to people on their last day at the firm — and this year the firm’s summer program ends this Friday. Lenobel told associates that Schulte would be making a decision on how many offers to extend at a later date, but some summers took that as an indication that Schulte would not be extending any offers.
When we spoke to Mr. Lenobel, he assured us that some summers got the wrong idea:

Of course we’ll be making offers. We just don’t know when we will and how many we’ll be making.

But will those offers be for 2010, or will Schulte join the ranks of firms that are deferring associates to 2011? More details from Lenobel after the jump.

Jeff Lenobel couldn’t say exactly what Schulte would do with its offerees. But it appears that some of the current summers got spooked when Lenobel told the group that the firm is considering “all options.”
While one option might be to defer the class of 2010 to 2011, Lenobel said that the firm had not reached any concrete decisions about anything. The firm simply wants more time to sort through the situation.
But if the firm couldn’t tell the summers anything concrete, why have the meeting in the first place? Lenobel says that the firm was trying to be straightforward with its summer associates:

We had the meeting to be as open and transparent as possible. All decisions will be made with regard to the long range future of the firm, and we wanted to do the right thing.

Essentially, we don’t know what Schulte will do. But we do know that rising 3Ls are stressed out — not just at Schulte, but at firms all over the country. Right now the best advice we can give to rising 3Ls is to hope for the best, and prepare for the worst. All you can expect from the firms is honesty and timeliness, and it appears that Schulte is trying to fulfill those obligations.
Earlier: Deferral Friday Rolls On: Next Stop White & Case
Nationwide Layoff Watch: Schulte Roth & Zabel (Redux)

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