Coronavirus - Impact on Application Cycle?

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  1. mj7704

    mj7704 Standard Member

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    Is anyone aware of any interview suspensions/delays due to the breakout of the coronavirus? Any procedures posted by law firms? Thanks!!
     
  2. Jessica Booker

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    General view is that recruiters will move processes to online/Skype/Webex where they can rather than stopping recruitment processes completely.
     
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    Slaughters have postponed my interview until June with the reason being because of coronavirus
     
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    Could it be a case of delaying ACs until later on in the year?
     
  5. Jessica Booker

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    yes - also a possibility.

    where they can, people seem to be moving online though. It will depend on how quickly they can move and also how it impacts resource within the team.
     
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    Reassuring to know they aren’t just flat out cancelling this cycle - at least not yet anyway!
     
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  7. Jessica Booker

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    Law firms are kept busy in either times of boom or times of bust.

    Also they benefit from recruiting two-three years in advance. Scrapping this recruitment cycle completely could leave them short at a time when they will need people (2022-3 could be a boom year).

    This very much feels like the 2008-09 cycle all over again. It was an incredibly tough year but we got through it and still recruited people.

    Everyone just needs to be even more super aware that you hearing back on your application is way down the bottom of an ever increasing priority list. Firms will need to be focusing on their current staff more as it stands and ensuring they are putting efforts into adapting everything they do.

    Patience is definitely going to be a virtue - which I know will be even more difficult if everyone has a lot more time on their hands at home!
     
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    I got an email from Simons Muirhead & Burton saying that they're not doing a summer vac scheme this year due to the outbreak.

    I was going to apply to Faegre Drinker, who's deadline in on the 31st March, but I'm unsure if I should now, in case I spend lots of time on an application, only for them to cancel the vac scheme?
     

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