This summer has been slow in terms of summer associate gossip. It got off to a promising start, but then it just fizzled. Maybe we need to stop running stories like How to Be a Stellar Summer Associate, How To End Your Summer In Biglaw On A High Note, and similar posts offering career advice to young lawyers.

We miss last summer. The summer of 2012 boasted helicopter rescues in Canada, showstopping performances at the Apollo, guns found in drawers, and steamy lesbianic trysts.

Given all the boring, goody-two-shoes summer associates this year, offer rates should be sky high. Let’s find which firms are rocking the 100 percent offer rate — information that rising 2Ls will want to know as the new on-campus interviewing season starts up….

Many firms haven’t issued offers yet — some wait until the summer program is done, and some even wait until summer associates are back in school. But so far we’ve heard about 100 percent offer rates from the following firms around the country (office locations indicated parenthetically):

  • Hogan Lovells (New York)
  • Jenner & Block (Los Angeles)
  • Kirkland & Ellis (New York)
  • Latham & Watkins (New York)
  • Milbank Tweed (New York)
  • Patton Boggs (Dallas)
  • Weil Gotshal & Manges (New York)

The last two names on the list are the most notable ones: Patton Boggs and Weil Gotshal. Let’s discuss them in greater detail.

Although Patton Boggs is rated as a top law firm to work for, fewer people work there nowadays, thanks to partner attrition and lawyer and staff layoffs. But even though the Dallas office lost several corporate lawyers back in June — a group led by Jim Chadwick broke off to start a new office for Holland & Knight — Patton Boggs in Dallas still gave offers to all of its summers.

As for Weil, we all recall the big news over there: major layoffs, affecting 60 lawyers and 110 staffers, conducted with summer associates still in the building. Sources tell us that the 60 laid-off lawyers included several very junior associates, including some first-year associates hired last fall. Let’s hope that the summer associates who just received their offers fare better than their forebears.

If you have offer rate information to share, please email us (subject line: “Summer Associate Offer Rates”), or text us (646-820-8477; texts only, not a voice line). You can also leave a comment if you like. We keep our tipsters anonymous. If we receive enough information, we’ll do a follow-up story.

Thanks — and to those of you who have already landed offers, congratulations!

UPDATE (8/7/2013, 6 p.m.): Here are additional firms with 100 percent offer rates.

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