Argument: Law firms recovering from 2008-2010 crisis and hiring

Issue Report: Law school


Sara Randazzo. “Big Firms on Campus—And Ready to Recruit.” The AM Daily. August 16th, 2011: “Law firm recruiting partners have gazed into their crystal balls, and what they see is a promising future for would-be associates from the class of 2013. Firms across the country report a stable or increased need for talent as they begin hiring second-year law students to fill next summer’s associate classes. ‘There’s a perception the job market has turned a corner,’ says Steven Sletten, chair of the hiring committee at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. ‘We’re expecting this season to be more competitive. We’re up to that challenge.’ At 117 associates, Gibson Dunn’s 2011 class was one of the nation’s largest, and Sletten says the firm expects to hire 10 percent to 15 percent more summers for 2012. Weil, Gotshal & Manges hiring commmittee chair Robert Carangelo says his firm plans to make an even bigger leap next year, going from the 65 second-year students it employed this summer to 100 in 2012, a 54 percent increase.”