US Briefing: Summer associate hiring wilts in '08
Summer associate ranks look thinner for the upcoming season as many of the nation's law firms have pulled back from the record-breaking hiring of 2007. A sampling of summer associate programs at several top firms shows a decrease in the number of students that they plan for this year. With last year's summer associate tallies representing all-time highs at some of those firms, they appeared more guarded at recruiting time last fall. And as the economy has taken a dramatic downturn since on-campus interviews that began in August 2007, some law firms could find a mismatch in the supply of summer associates and their demands for full-time starters.
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