Deferred Lawyers Start Careers in Different Settings
This fall, after the July bar exams, the first wave of deferred first year lawyers started their new careers in, well, different careers than they would have envisioned a year and a half ago. Due to the economic climate, a whole slew of large firms, both nationally and within the city, made a business decision to pay those who would be first year associates a stipend while working elsewhere for a year. Instead of a start date of September 2009, these deferred attorneys would now start sometime in 2010. Some firms have required the attorneys to work in public interest, while others have no such restrictions.
The Inquirer had an article on the plight of several of these deferred first years. There are those who are working in public interest organizations, providing valuable “free” help. Others are working in fields outside the law, such as in restaurants.
All, of course, have in common that they did not expect to be working in these positions after graduating law school. Still, they are making the most of it. Who knows, perhaps this one year experience may serve these deferred lawyers well in the future in providing them a different perspective before toiling away for long hours with their firms.