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OCI QuickTake, October 2010

OCI QuickTake Results Show No Summer Associates On Hold

In response to member requests for timely information, NALP's Strategic Plan calls for a series of quick, real-time surveys. QuickTake surveys are designed to give members a quick sense of the legal market at a specific point in time. QuickTakes supplement but do not replace NALP's more formal and more comprehensive research surveys.

Results of the first set of QuickTake surveys, designed by the Recruiting Section to gauge the current recruiting season, show that most of the 190 law firm offices that responded have made all of their employment decisions regarding their 2010 summer associates and have no students "on hold." Most of those offices also expect their 2011 summer program size to be about the same as the 2010 program. Regardless of firm size, 77% of the responding offices indicate they are not hiring 3L students who have not previously worked for the firm. When law schools were asked about employer participation in OCI this year compared with 2009, responses were fairly evenly split between those indicating more employers (35%), those indicating about the same number of employers (31%), and those indicating fewer employers (34%). Of the 107 responding law schools, 68% reported that 0-25% of their 3L class had bid for OCI slots.

View results summary of law firm QuickTake (PDF)

View results summary of law school QuickTake (PDF)

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