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Friday, December 14, 2018

NALP Loosens Reins On Summer Associate Recruiting, But Does Not Expect 'Wild West'

NALP New, NALP Loosens the Reins on Summer Associate Recruiting:

The law firm summer associate recruiting system got a big shake-up Wednesday when the National Association of Law Placement announced a major overhaul of its guidelines for on-campus recruiting.

Gone are the recommendations that firms give students 28 days to decide whether to accept a summer associate offer and that they wait until December of the 1L year to begin recruiting law students. In their place are a broader, more flexible set of guidelines that emphasize fairness and transparency without proscribing specific dates or timelines.

The change is intended to prompt more experimentation and innovation in entry level recruiting, and give firms and schools leeway to decide which practices work best for them, said NALP Executive Director James Leipold. ...

Leipold said he doesn’t anticipate a Wild West atmosphere this on-campus recruiting cycle, which officially gets underway in August. Rather, he expects different segments of firms and law schools to settle into a few sets of common practices, particularly because law firms are loathe to stray from their competitors.

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