TripTrip wrote:Guys, splitting a 2L summer between two law firms is not a thing. Yes, people do it, and it's expected (for two weeks) if you did a 1L SA. But it's not the norm. Most large law firms have a summer program, parts of which are intentionally structured chronologically. You start with the same class, go through the same workshops and sessions, and sometimes work on month long projects for the firm. Then all 50 of you leave at the same time. They don't like it when you jump between firms because you mess up this flow.
Now, most firm's summer programs are May-July, so if you can find a small or mid sized firm that will take you for August, the first firm probably won't care. Many people who you have heard split their summers do exactly this, or do this with their 1L firm, or with a gov internship. But finding a big law firm that will take you for five weeks at the end of the summer is going to be a challenge.
Caveat: I don't know about any of those firms specifically. I just have never met anyone anywhere who split between two big firms during 2L summer but hadn't worked at one before.
I can attest that my firm (V10 NYC) has a policy that splitting with another firm is generally not allowed. There is an exception for those who did a 1L SA the previous year. Will some firms make an exception for you? Probably. But they do NOT like it, and it could be held against you.
IME there will always be exceptions. I split with an NY V5 and a firm in CA and I wasn't the only one. Cravath specifically told me they do not allow splits except for touch backs, which was one reason I didn't go there, but I later found out that was a lie - Cravath let a summer split with a CA firm. The firm that abides by the no split policy most rigorously is probably Wachtell since they require 10 weeks, but even then you can swing it if the second half firm offers a very late start date. Davis Polk, S&C, and Simpson all allow splitting as long as your first 8 weeks are with them. Cleary doesn't like it but they won't stop you (and I know people who split with Cleary).
As far as getting an offer is concerned, it's never "held against you" so long as you complete the minimum number of weeks offered (typically eight).