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bad ECONOMY = bad FALL 2008 OCIs?

bad ECONOMY = bad FALL 2008 OCIs?
« on: March 10, 2008, 04:11:18 PM »
Heads are rolling in BIGLAW (see below). Hundreds of partners are being cut from equity tiers or outright fired to makeup for the sluggish economy. What does this means for Fall OCIs?

Either BIGLAW will continue to hire at current numbers because (a) their pyramid scheme-esque profit structures depend upon large numbers of youthful (read: expendable) associates,(b) there's no way to predict Fall 2001 market conditions--more than two years away-- and (c) a traditional 10 year business cycle slump usually lasts less than 18 months, OR...

They'll *&^% their pants and cut expenses by trimming down the summer associate programs.



Jenner & Block de-equitized 10 partners:

Mayer Brown de-equitized/fired 45 partners:

Cadwalader canNed another 35:

Clifford Chance lays off 6 in structured finance:

Kirkland & Ellis engaging in conspicuously more stringent reviews:

Re: bad ECONOMY = bad FALL 2008 OCIs?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2008, 02:44:25 PM »
The job market will suffer. They will be hiring fewer people for several reasons
1) they know that their more senior associates will not be leaving as rapidly - less competition from banks.
2) even if the economy in general is recovering there is no telling whether securitization & real estate areas will bounce back.
3) Firms less impacted will know they can be more selective.

Re: bad ECONOMY = bad FALL 2008 OCIs?
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2008, 10:11:03 PM »
I did some follow-up research ...

Based on NALP informtion from the 2001 recruitment season, which was impacted by a comparable economic downturn, BIGLAW recruitment indeed dropped, but not significantly. (

- 23.9% of law schools reported a 5-12% decrease in the number of employers on campus

- 24.6% of law schools reported a decrease in excess of 12%

- Overall, 60% of law schools reported a decrease in OCI firms

- Interviews resulting in an offer dropped from 62.6% in 2000 to 50.2% in 2001

- Offers accepted went up from 31% in 2000 to 35% in 2001.

NALP summary: "(a) fewer students are receiving an offer from their summer employer and that, among those that do, more are likely to accept, and that (b) fewer callback interviews are resulting in an offer and that the acceptance rate to these offers is higher."

It's not the end of the world, but BIGLAW won't likely dig as deep into the 2L class as they did last year. My CSO office said the difference will be felt most among students in the "margin" who were somewhat competitive for BIGLAW interviews last year (40-50th percentile), but will be much less competitive this year.

It doesn't end there...

Among summer associates, the number receiving offers dropped from 89.7% in 2000 to 82.9% in 2001. The number accepting those offers rose from 65.8% in 2000 to 72.3% in 2001.

Re: bad ECONOMY = bad FALL 2008 OCIs?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2008, 08:12:06 PM »
keep posting these -- thanks!