Hewlett Packard is now experimenting with hiring in-house counsel directly out of law school. It's an unorthodox move, but makes sense for a company of HP's size. They've got the volume of grunt legal work that a first year is suited to do, and enough senior counsel to provide training. Most importantly, they are assured of getting new hires who are untainted by time spent toiling in the risk-adverse halls of big law firms.
Sounds like good news for these lucky hires and their internal clients at HP.