Tuesday, September 08, 2009

An OCIP Question for Savvy 2L's

This year at OCIP even the tax firm Ivins, Phillips & Barker's interview slots filled during open signups. So, why is Latham & Watkins now wide-open for open signup interviews with almost every office (DY, NY, LA, OC, and SF)? Did Latham add more interviewers? Are Boalties throwing in the towel at OCIP? Do 2L's really prefer the tax?

(Bitter 3L's or deferred Latham associates, please feel free to take a stab at this one, too.)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

My guess is they opened up because everyone is tired, frustrated, and leery of a firm with a high standard for grades and a reputation for leading associates like lambs to the slaughter. I bet, though, that they have a full schedule by the time interviews roll around.

9/08/2009 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latham is known for being grade whores. Why sign up when I know that the interview will pretty much be over once they look at my transcript?

And then add to that HUGE layoffs earlier in the year.

No thank you, Latham.

9/08/2009 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woah. Pretty cool if it is true that 2Ls are reacting to firm news and deciding not to interview. This summer I had a long talk with a senior partner at a firm considered to be a Latham rival. The partner took great pride in the fact that the firm had never "Lathamed" its young associates -- cleaning house of first-years in response to an economic slowdown. But he noted that even though Latham had been laying off young associates in tough times for two decades, the firm had never been punished in the legal recruitment market -- because there is so little institutional memory in a given 2L class, students pick Latham again and again in spite of its past actions.

Perhaps times are changing?

9/08/2009 10:42 AM  
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9/08/2009 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unsubtle Gibson trolling

9/09/2009 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latham, welcome to the internet/AboveTheLaw age.

If you're going to Latham the careers of your young associates, people are going to know about it.

Getting laid-off four months after you start is horrible. A lot of the Lathamed first and second years from the NY and DC offices have found NOTHING, even after 7 months of unemployment. And I'm not just talking biglaw jobs, they are applying for everything.

These people all had other V10 options and now their careers are in the toilet because Latham wouldn't stand by them through the downturn. Mass hire mass fire is Latham's model. Unless you want that, stay away.

Here's a link to the blog of a Lathamed first year. It's not pretty.


9/27/2009 4:50 AM  

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