Friday, April 3, 2020
Law.com, 'Nobody Is Recruiting Over the Summer': OCI Season Postponed:
Law firms won’t be recruiting summer associates in late July and early August this year.
All but one of the so-called T-14 law schools by Thursday had announced postponements to their on-campus interview programs due to the coronavirus pandemic, and a growing number in the top 50 of the U.S. News & World Report rankings have followed suit.
Columbia Law School, which sends a higher number of graduates into associate jobs at large firms than any other school, became the first to postpone OCI on March 23. But the movement picked up steam this week when Harvard Law School, New York University School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School joined the list of campuses delaying summer associate recruiting. Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law is the one T-14 school that hasn’t yet announced a delay.
“Nobody is recruiting over the summer,” said Harvard career services Dean Mark Weber. “It’s off the table. I think January will become the new August.”
The delays are the result of numerous factors, but law firms initiated the push to hold off on recruiting programs that bring partners to campus for hundreds of screening interviews with incoming 2Ls.
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