Paul L. Caron

Saturday, February 27, 2021

The Pandemic Threatens Summer Associate Programs—Again, Pandemic Puts Summer Associate Programs Into Question—Again:

Am Law 200 firm leaders say they’re capable of adapting their summer associates program to a virtual format in 2021, many for the second time, if too few people have received the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the summer to allow a safe return. But virtual is not their first choice.

Some large firms have committed to holding at least part of their program in the office. Others are still waiting to make a decision on format, and one large firm committed to holding no summer program at all. ...

The White House has estimated that there will be enough vaccines, 600 million, for the entire U.S. population by the end of July. That has firm leaders holding out for the possibility for hosting at least part of their summer programs in-person. Still, the efficacy of the vaccine rollout and the emergence of new coronavirus strains have tempered their optimism and has them seeking alternatives for recruiting associates.

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