Students at America's top law schools are being told not to fret over law firms declining to take on graduates next year.
Law students should stay informed, keep in contact with prospective employers, prepare well for summer jobs and save as much money as possible, reports Bloomberg.
Since the start of 2009, U.S. law firms, big and small, have laid off junior lawyers, delayed the start dates of first year associates, slashed wages and introduced new compensation models.
Summer jobs for law students are under tight budget constraints, and this month Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP both announced they won’t be hiring students for summer jobs in 2010.
Harvard Law students preparing to enter their second- and third-year this spring remain concerned, but not discouraged, Mark Weber, the school’s assistant dean for career services, said.
“What we try to tell students is if you do well, focus on your studies and do good work when you’re at the firm, the rest will take care of itself,” he said.
Harvard advises students to have a 'Plan B' for their job hunting, which includes widening their geographical ideals.