In the end, a proposal to adopt a January kickoff date for law firm summer associate offers proved too controversial.

The board of the National Association for Law Placement decided Friday to back off a plan that would delay the summer associate offer process by as many as four months. Instead, it adopted two smaller changes to the recruiting guidelines: The deadline for students to accept offers will drop from 45 days to 28 days, and the deadline for students who have completed a summer program to accept job offers will move from Nov. 15 to Nov. 1.

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