Summer associate classes at more than 70 leading law firms grew this summer, including at Ballard Spahr. The firm accepted 14 summer associates in 2011. That represents a smaller number than in years past but an increase over the previous year.

“We view the summer program as integral to the firm and to building and continuing our culture,” said John Grugan, Ballard Spahr’s associate hiring partner. “But I don’t think we’re going to go back to the time when we had 25 summer associates.”