Anonymous User wrote:sunynp wrote:FInally an article for the summers who had been left out of the reporting so far:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/busin ... track.htmlWith Dewey’s announcement, these students’ careful, fastidiously risk-averse career planning collapsed under them, and they fell off the job track not just for Dewey but for its peer firms. Of the dozens of major firms contacted for this article, only one had picked up one of these stranded summer associates, and that was because one of its partners had a personal connection to the student.
The others all declined to comment, with the exception of one firm spokeswoman who said her firm did not have any openings, but even if it did, it would hire someone from its own shortlist rather than extend an offer to one of the Dewey students.
“We all got into multiple places but just picked the wrong one,” said Mr. Aitchison, the only one of several associates interviewed for this article who was willing to be identified. “Now every other program is full, and it’s not like they’re going to all adjust their plans to accommodate the failure of this one.”
I'm not saying that Andrew Aitchison isn't a summer, but his name did not appear on the SA roster, nor did his name or initials appear in the firm's e-mails "to" list. Not that it really matters, just a strange thing. If the article is true, this destroys more hope for biglaw prospects this summer.
You think the Times would confirm that he was a summer somehow, but who knows, maybe he used a fake name. Then again their accuracy rate when it comes to stories on biglaw is pretty low.
The article seems to think that pressure from career services might help. The firm might feel that if they help out a Dewey kid the career services will help sell them to the students in the future. I would hope that career services at a good school has enough pull to get a student in this situation a job.
But the article doesn't consider that firms want to keep their no offer rate low (not that they would no offer dewey pickups but that they have specific limits for a reason.) Also, some hiring partners might hold a grudge against someone who turned them down for Dewey - but are people really that childish when the whole firm collapsed? If it was someone you made an offer to but turned you down, would you have an impulse to maybe pick them up? I think that the constraints of fixed class sizes are the bottom line issue.