Feb 6 (Reuters) - The worst of the summer-hiring slump for law students may be over, according to law school administrators and management consultants.
A pickup in litigation and transactional work over the last year, along with projections of modestly better revenue and earnings for 2012, is prompting some law firms to reinvigorate their summer hiring plans, said Paula Alvary, principal of consulting firm Hoffman Alvary, which advises law firms on strategy and management.
The good news started to gather in 2011. A new assessment found that several top schools saw an increase in law firms' summer hiring of their students last year, confirming previous reports that summer-associate hiring has begun to recover.
"Firms are making a very, very cautious return to summer hiring," said Alvary. "They are treading carefully, but they don't want to be caught short two to three years from now."
With all this talk about needing motivation, figured I might post some positive news. For 1Ls who didn't find themselves at the top of their classes first semester, keep pushing hard to get closer toward the top because it looks like this summer's OCI will be the best it's been in 4 years and you don't want to miss that train.
EDIT: Apologies if this has already been posted.