I was wondering how long it would take?
Sarah Martinez, a recent law school grad, broke the ice. She has sued Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco Superior Court for extending her an offer of employment, deferring it and now reneging, saying it didn't have the resources to hire anyone in the near future. Among the counts alleged are racial discrimination, sex discrimination, and breach of contract.
While every case stands on its own facts and merits, it's clear that Big Law will have to alter its offering policies in the future. The impact on law schools and those coming up through the grades is yet to be determined, but I suspect it will dramatically alter the economics of the future practice.