Ropes & Gray Defers Start Dates, Offers ‘New Alternatives’
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Boston-based Ropes & Gray is deferring start dates for the 2009 class, and is offering “new alternatives” to help associates “develop professionally” while there’s no work to do.

The firm cut 106 staff positions, or 10% of its non-lawyer staff, in late January.

From the official memo:


As you are aware, Ropes & Gray is, like all firms, experiencing a period of slower activity. As a result, we are currently challenged to provide rich, substantial work assignments for associates in some practices…

In response, we are rolling out a program that offers all associates non-traditional opportunities for continued professional and personal development both outside and inside the firm. We are also deferring the start of new associates in the class of 2009 (as you know, we have previously shortened the summer program for the same reasons)…

  • Public interest fellowship opportunities–including both practice of law work and non-practice of law work.
  • Sabbatical opportunities.
  • Enhanced access to potentially non-billable training and development assignments, and credit towards our 1900 hour target for certain training activities on client matters even though they are not billed to clients.
  • Deferred start for the incoming class of 2009 to early January 2010…

We will also be scheduling a meeting on March 30 for associates interested in public service fellowships

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!

Ropes & Gray LLP is a national law firm with offices located in Boston, New York City, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, Hong Kong and Tokyo; and a conference center in London. The firm has over 1,000 lawyers worldwide.



Senior M&A Attorney


Our corporate boutique law firm is seeking a senior level M&A attorney with a book of business that ...

Apply now

Paralegal / Legal Assistant


O\'Brien & Wolf, L.L.P., a general practice law firm in Rochester, Minnesota, is seeking a Family La...

Apply now

ADA Compliance Officer

USA-CA-Los Angeles

The Personnel Commission of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is currently recruiti...

Apply now

Attorney, Immigration Law (PERM/I-140)

USA-CA-Agoura Hills

Immigration Law Attorney (PERM & I-140) with 5+ years’ experience. We are looking for a ded...

Apply now




Search Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-FL-Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks litigation associate atto...

Apply Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-NV-Las Vegas

Las Vegas office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks litigation associate attorney wi...

Apply Now

Immigration Attorney

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office of our client seeks immigration attorney 3-5 years of experience. The candidate w...

Apply Now

Most Popular


To Top