According to a new report (.pdf) published by the Pro Bono Institute, the public interest deferment program instituted at many big firms to combat the recession have experienced success, at least on the public interest side.
There were some doubts about whether or not such programs would work. The report, however, would seem to indicate that they have. Over 97% of non-profit respondents reported that they would accept deferred associates again in the future.
Vivia Chen, over at sister publication The Am Law Daily's blog The Careerist, calls the programs a success, and that this success is a "no-brainer."
The participating firms, however, might be a bit more reserved in their judgments. According to portions of the law firm survey, many firms believe it is too soon to accurately judge the impact the deferment programs will have on their businesses.