After Nixon Peabody announced on Tuesday that it would re-defer two-thirds of first-year associates already deferred until January 2010, The Am Law Daily decided to check in with 42 other firms slated to start new lawyers in a few weeks to see if they’d made any last-minute scheduling changes.

We heard back from roughly half of the firms we contacted, and most of those say they’re still on track to open their doors to first-year classes next month. Several firms said they’ve actually had some of their new associates start earlier than January as needs arose in certain practice areas.

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