A couple of articles about law school and young lawyers caught my eye last week.
- In "Advice for First-Years Seeking Summer Jobs" William A. Chamberlain, Assistant Dean of Law Career Strategy and Advancement at Northwestern University School of Law, cautions first-year law students against drowning the few top firms that hire a handful of first year associates with reams of resumes in the hopes of obtaining a prestigious, lucrative summer job. Chamberlain advises first-years to consider less lucrative, but highly valuable externships, clerkships, internships, and positions in legal clinics. As Chamberlain writes, "Plan for the summer financially as an extension of the first-year of law school. It may be hard to make a lot of money during the summer after first-year, but it is easy to learn and to get experience."
- There has been much speculation in the legal press about first-year associate salaries at big law firms shattering the $200K mark. For some perspective on the significance of Williams & Connolly’s setting first-year salaries at $180,000 annually (no bonus), please see "Large-Firm Associate Salaries Close In on $200K."