Big firms may be enjoying the spoils of the Greenspan economy, but their good fortune is not necessarily reflected in the percentage of offers extended to 1999 second-year clerks for the new associate class of 2000.

Sixteen of the state’s 25 largest firms responded to Texas Lawyer‘s hiring survey, and 12 of those 16 also checked in last year. The 12 firms that responded in 1998 and 1999 raised the amount of associate offers to their 2L summer clerks by only 2 percent – ambling from 81.3 percent in 1998 to this year’s 83.3 percent.