The last I heard anything about these associates-to-be was in the summer before their original start date, September 2009. But what have these little buggers been doing with themselves? I ran into this article which gave us a little insight into their lives. I must say, I'm a bit jealous.
Here are the portions of the article that interested me:
- Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, for instance, told graduates due to join the firm in January 2010 that they would not be starting until January 2012 at the earliest. Some worried associates contacted the legal blog Above The Law, with one writing: “We are all pretty freaked out.’’ The company declined to comment other than to confirm the new starting date.
- Faced with a surplus of new attorneys, many firms have created programs to give those who have had their start dates delayed experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. The new attorneys often don’t have a choice of whether their start dates will be deferred, but some firms stipulate that they will only get paid during the year if they participate in the programs.
- Eighty-six of the firm’s new hires opted to take part in Goodwin Procter’s “Make a Difference’’ program, which was set up to enable the young attorneys to spend a year working for charities, civil rights groups, and legal aid organizations.
- Last year, Ropes & Gray, launched a similar program called the New Alternatives Program, offering its young attorneys the opportunity to take a $60,000 lump-sum check plus health benefits to delay their contracts by a year. Of the 82 lawyers taking part, around 20 are providing legal aid to the poor, 15 are working for advocacy groups, and 14 are engaged in government service.
Am I the only person wondering if they will ever get to work in BigLaw at all?