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Evaluations From Both Sides

TTORNEY performance and its “value” is being utilized as never before to determine whether an associate, and now more often, a partner, stays or leaves. The reason can be found in the profound impact the economic downturn has had on recruitment and retention. At many firms, summer associates are also being held to stricter standards. Although most firms assure summer clerks that there are openings for everyone to receive offers at the end of the summer, the evaluation process will be utilized to appraise performance. This is especially true for firms that over-hired last fall and are now concerned about making offers to the entire class at the end of the summer.

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