Anonymous User wrote:Sidley attracts top students, including Wachtell-qualified students who want to work in Chicago. I personally know a number of the UChicago SAs who had clerkships lined up early, before OCI. Sometimes two clerkships. I imagine the same is true for SAs from other schools.
Clerkship hiring is being pushed earlier and earlier. That means firms can hire SAs without committing to taking on every SA immediately after graduation. I would be shocked if Sidley did not take that into account when determining their class size for this summer.
Now Sidley = Wachtell? Jesus.
OP is a dick, this sounds like gossip, and the "model" suggested above by that other dick (only hire half the summers) is dumb... but with all that said, it's pretty reasonable to speculate that 30--->64 involves some yield miscalculation. In conjunction with the increased salary (which has consequences for lots of people for lots of years, by the way), I wouldn't be surprised if a few summers were deemed to be a "bad fit" and stealthily cold offered. They'd almost certainly still be considered a 100% offer firm, as these things can be done quietly.
That said, there's no evidence for any of this. It's all speculation. TLS gonna TLS...