Remember back when law firms were beginning to adjust to Post-2007 Crash realities? Abovethelaw.com kept reporting on deferral of start dates for new associates. That was then.
Some assumed the legal sector had restructured itself to eliminate what I called "Def Land." After all the industry grew at a bit over 2% in 2013. Not great but still a bit of an upward trajectory. Well, things have not been on the uptick at Brown Rudnick. In Abovethelaw.com, Staci Zaretsky reports that the firm recently rescinded 10 of the 23 offers it had made to summers. No this was not a situation of a deferred start date. It was no job. Ever. At Brown Rudnick. Here is the coverage by ATL.
Given that the offers were pulled so late, those cut are in nowhereville. For them this is career tragedy, especially since they were supposed to be headed to the glutted legal markets of New York and Boston.
What will they do? Well, they will have to scramble in a number of directions. Those include hunting for full time legal work, contract legal assignments, work not practicing law but related to it, and work that has no relationship to law.
The 10, when they pull themselves together, should seek funding for a documentary. It will track their mindsets and activities from when Brown Rudnick dropped the bomb to when they sensed they landed on their feet.
If they feel free coaching might be useful, please contact me - Jane Genova - at firstname.lastname@example.org. Talking with me might help them become strategic about their options. In the 1970s I went through my own version of career tragedy when the market for Humanities college professors imploded.