Once again, we’ve had a slow summer in terms of summer associate gossip. Thanks to the plight of recent law school graduates and their ever-lasting joblessness, it’s a “buyer’s market for law firms” out there, and they’re using it to their advantage.
Summer associates have worked harder than ever before, and they’ve been on their best behavior. Trust us when we say we would have already heard about it if they weren’t, and the only sounds we’re heard have been the chirping of crickets.
Given all goody-two-shoes summer associates this year, we’d like to think that offer rates will be absolutely awesome. Let’s find out 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):
- Alston & Bird (Charlotte)
- Kirkland & Ellis (Chicago)
- Skadden (Chicago)
- Paul Hastings (New York)
- Willkie Farr & Gallagher (New York)
The Midwest and the South have got it on lock this year with making early offers, but we’re waiting for New York to pop the corks on bottles of bubbly. We normally see at least five or six firms from the Big Apple sending their summers back to school with offers in hand by this point. Come on, what are you waiting for?
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 and when we receive enough information, we’ll do a follow-up story.
Thanks — and to those of you who have already landed offers, congratulations!
P.S. If you’d like, you can also email or text us with information about the best summer associate event that was hosted by your firm, as we’ll be choosing the finalists for our annual contest soon.