Atlanta’s largest firms have pushed back the start dates for their first-year associates to January, which raises the question of possible secondment plans for first-years in the fall.  

The Georgia bar exam has been rescheduled for online Oct. 5-6, so first-year associates still have three months after taking it before they join their firms. Most firms still haven’t figured out their fall plans, but secondments to legal aid groups are one strong possibility. The last time that firms deferred first-year associates was during the financial crisis in 2009, when many placed associates with public interest law groups.

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