Associate Hiring Outlook At Law Firms Is Bright For 2022

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By Ru Bhatt and Summer Eberhard (January 3, 2022, 12:03 PM EST) — Amid the immediate onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020, pundits predicted an economic downturn almost as impactful as the financial crisis of 2008-09. And while 2020 saw a great deal of caution and playing it safe, 2021 skyrocketed into economic overdrive, creating more work for law firms than they knew they could service.

As a result, law firm partners saw new business coming in at rates they could not handle without the support of experienced associates, setting off an associate talent war.

Now, after a year of extraordinary signing bonuses, nearly instantaneous offers and flexible work arrangements, associates are…

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