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October 27, 2014

At last, some encouraging data on legal employment

Say what you will about the legal employment salary data recently posted by career site PayScale, the numbers are still encouraging.  Sure, as the American Lawyer points out, the 55 law schools on PayScale's list don't include most of the top schools in the nation, but it is good to see data showing strong earning potential for lawyers who graduated from lower ranked schools.    
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Salaries
October 9, 2014

“Top Salaries for First-Year Associates Remain Flat at $160,000”

In any other industry, you would never see this headline, but here it is blazing atop a press release issued by the National Association For Law Placement ("NALP").  It is amazing to me that NALP and the press characterize these starting salaries for first year BigLaw associates as a bad thing. Sure, its true, there was a point when salaries appeared incessantly on the rise.  The NALP press release pin points it to year 2007, when BigLaw firms felt the need to one up one another by raising and raising and raising first year associates salaries over just a few months.  The…
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