As the days grow shorter, law students and the organizations they work for are about to wrap up summer 2017. Our reporting about summer associate jobs this season reveals some disruption in the summer status quo. Significantly, the number of traditional Big Law summer associate gigs has declined. Whether by necessity or preference, more students are turning to public service work, in-house positions and government jobs.

In this Instant Insights, we present an overview of the summer job market and a close look at how the experience is changing for law students and the law firms, corporations and nonprofits that hire them.