The COVID-19 pandemic is showing the limits of Big Law’s herd mentality—at least when it comes to summer associate programs.

Latham & Watkins, Ropes & Gray and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati this week confirmed that their respective summer programs will be held virtually this year, but each with its own twist. Wilson Sonsini, for instance, will give summer associates credit if they do six weeks of legal work for a qualified nonprofit organization of the associate’s choice, while Latham is trimming its program from 10 weeks to eight. The firms each said they will honor the financial commitments they’ve made to associates and first-year fellows.

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