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Just wondering why some of firms haven’t released start date decisions for their incoming associates yet. So many firms across the vault rankings haven’t provided any updates to their incoming associates, even when asked...so what gives? They have all the bar exam information they need now, are they waiting to see if the October bar exams actually happen? Waiting to see if they can afford to bring us on?
I don't think anyone can answer this except for the higher-ups at firms (who are obviously silent on the matter). It's probably some combination of financial considerations now that some firms are seeing a slow uptick in work, and waiting to see how the online exams go. Some people at my firm are very concerned about whether the online bar is going to work. Michigan almost crashed and burned on Tuesday when no one could log into the second module; Nevada delayed/rescheduled; and Indiana gave up on the software and is doing the exam via email...and these are states where there are fewer than 500 applicants each. Now you've got known software issues, and about 23,000 people scheduled to take the Oct. 5-6 online bar exam (including major markets like CA, DC, and NY)...so I don't think anyone's actually optimistic about this going well.
There's just too many uncertainties. But the main reason I guess is that the deal flow will start slowing down in the fall and will continue indefinitely. Law firms won't need as many associates as before. Obviously they can't just rescind the offers although they definitely want to.