Big law firms across the U.S. have dramatically cut the number of associates attending their 2009 summer programs. Observers say it's another sign that firms may be backing away from the high-leverage staffing models typical of the boom days. Cuts to the summer program, which is an expensive but important recruiting tool for most top firms, mean big savings in times of economic uncertainty. But they also mean firms have fewer people for their talent pipeline, and risk not having enough attorneys if demand picks up.
Law Firms Slash Summer Associate Programs
April 7, 2009