Eighty-five new lawyers were deferred to January, 2010. Now half of those will be further deferred to Fall 2010, and take public interest jobs in the interim.
This year’s incoming class is 15% smaller than last year; and only 65 summer associates were brought in for 2009.
DLA Piper is also working on a new compensation system for associates that abandons the tradition lock-step model and pays based on merit. The firm will also give more work to staff attorneys.
DLA Piper is one of the largest law firms in the world, with more than 3,700 lawyers in North America and Europe.