Sharing summer associates with a law firm (Accenture and DLA Piper)

Corporate Counsel reports that Accenture’s legal department has teamed with DLA Piper, one of its 25 primary law firms, “to share several summer associates this year, and give them a taste of in-house life.” This sentence from Corp. Counsel, Vol. 14, May 2007 at 96, makes me wonder whether Accenture is paying for those summer associates who work with it, or whether the company is to some extent drafting behind its relationship with DLA Piper.

The article also implies that the summer associates can’t choose to join the law department upon graduation from law school. (See my post of Dec. 21, 2005 that refers to Lucent Technologies’ law department and Orrick Harrington jointly interviewing for new lawyers; and Sept. 18, 2006 about Citigroup and some New York City law firms.).

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