Most observers agree that the traditional, campus-based law firm associate recruitment model is broken (see, e.g., here and here). In response, as previously detailed by Vera, the National Association for Law Placement, the legal recruiters’ self-regulatory organization, has proposed shifting the nationwide offer date from August to January. (Offers made before January would be in violation of NALP policy.) The proposal replaces the current 45-day response period for offerees with a 14 day acceptance window. The reduction in time is supposedly offset by the longer evaluation period before firms extend offers. NALP is accepting public comment on the proposal until January 29, and a vote by the board is set for late February.
Reponses to the proposal are starting to come in, and not everyone is in love with the new ideas. The National Law Journal quotes the Jones Day firmwide hiring partner Gregory Shumaker: “We have a very strong reaction, and frankly, it's allergic.” Shumaker believes the new scheme favors firms that—unlike Jones Day—deferred associate start dates when the recession hit.
-posted by brian
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