Law firms are weighing delaying or cutting summer associate classes — and top law schools are sending emails addressing student concerns

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Law firms are considering delaying, shortening, or eliminating summer associate classes and are expected to make decisions in the coming days, sources familiar with the matter told Business Insider. 
The prospect has caused unease among students at the nation’s top law schools, many of whom have paid their tuition in hopes of gaining entry into the nation’s most elite firms.
On March 23, NYU School of Law sent an email to students who were searching for private-sector jobs, seeking to inform them about the ongoing employment situation.
The email noted that some firms “may be preparing for delayed start dates or alternative working arrangements.”

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Law firms around the United States are weighing the possibility of delaying, shortening, or eliminating summer associate classes and are expected to make decisions in the coming days, people familiar with the matter have told Business Insider. 

Four sources told Business Insider that law firms, including the largest,said that in light of the disruption of the novel coronavirus, they were looking at changing their approach to bringing on summer associates, or interns who law firms hire following their first year in law school to get their first months experience in the legal profession. 

The internships are generally considered a stable track to a full-time offer after students once they complete their second year in law school. 

The four sources were one consultant and three partners at different Big Law firms, all of whom declined to be named publicly.

“Demand is questionable and process is delayed,” one said. “Some firms looking at reduced work weeks for reduced pay as a way to avoid harder choices.”

Another said that many firms “should be announcing soon that they will be delaying/shortening or eliminating theirs.” A third said that he had heard “virtual summer programs” being considered, though he wasn’t sure how that would work. 

NYU addresses concerns

The prospect has caused unease among students at the nation’s top law schools, many of whom have paid their tuition in hopes of gaining entry into the nation’s most elite firms. 

On March 23, NYU School of Law sent an email to students who were searching for private-sector jobs, seeking to inform them about the ongoing employment situation, as the coronavirus continues to keep businesses closed.

“We recognize that the current situation is creating a lot of stress and anxiety for many of you as you navigate switching to remote learning while also managing your own personal lives and contemplating your summer and post-graduation employment, whether you have secured a position or not,” the email seen by Business Insider said. 

The email then went through a list of questions — like, “I’ve accepted an offer, but I’m worried about the economy. Should I be?” — and NYU offered answers. 

In one answer, NYU said it had reached out to all law firms that had recruited at the school for summer associate classes and “the good news is they are continuing to prepare for their summer and entry-level associates.”

But the email went on to state that some firms “may …read more

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