The public comment period on the proposed new rules for summer associate recruiting is over, and though we haven’t seen all of the responses, we’re pretty confident no firm or school will oppose the proposed changes with the vigor of Jones Day.
To review: A 17-member commission (which dropped to 16 when Jones Day withdrew its representative) charged by the National Association for Law Placement with revamping 2L recruiting released its proposal for a new recruiting system in early January. The main prong of the proposal is a ban on firms making any offers to prospective summer associates until mid-January, just a few months before those 2Ls would begin their summer stints at firms. The idea, the commission said, was to slow down a process that had grown increasingly compressed as more schools raced to get their students in front of firm recruiters by scheduling on-campus interviews in August — before those students even started their second-year classes.
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