Relief In Sight As Associate Start Dates Take Shape

Law360, New York (March 31, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT) -- After a year plagued by record-setting cuts and uncertain futures, many law firms are committing to definite 2010 start dates for first-year associates, a sign that the legal industry may finally be pulling itself up by its bootstraps, experts say.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP became the latest firms this week to tell associates they would start by the end of 2010, American Legal Media reported.

The trio joins a growing rank of firms, including Allen...
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