Elite Biglaw Firm Goes Out Of Its Way To Reassure First-Year Associates Their Jobs Are Safe


Woman working on laptop with white screen in modern office.Soon-to-be first-year associates have some reasons to be nervous. With graduation in May, student loans start coming due by November so making sure they start their lucrative Biglaw jobs before then is incredibly important. And some firms — Cooley and Gunderson, so far — have pushed back the expected start date of their incoming classes. So, it might be nerve-racking if you haven’t heard from your perspective employer.

The folks at Milbank understand that anxiety. So they’ve sent an email, available in full on the next page, assuring their incoming class that Milbank will *not* be delaying its start date. As initially set, first years will start at the firm on September 18th.

It might seem like non-news, since the status quo remains in place, but it reflects an understanding of what folks are going through. Doom and gloom is being forecast across the industry with legal commentators speculating which other firms will follow Cooley with their own delays. Milbank knows that, and wants to make sure their people know they don’t have to worry. Classy move, all the way around

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