DLA Piper plans to keep reducing associate class size, forgo lockstep system

, The National Law Journal

DLA Piper expects to keep scaling back the size of its associate classes and make more use of staff attorneys as it revamps its associate program. The delayed class of first-year associates entering the firm in January has 85 lawyers, and only half of those will actually take up posts at the firm, while the other half go into public interest jobs and join the firm in the fall of 2010, said chairman Frank Burch. The firm also plans to discard the traditional "lockstep" system of paying associates based on years of service.

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