Celebrating 10 years! 2007-2017

What was your first salary out of law school?

Just curious about what to expect. dharamsala03/04/17
Did you take that job without asking what the salary is? retard03/07/17
Symplicity said the salary was "40,000-$49,999". So it's so dharamsala03/09/17
$0 annually. isthisit03/04/17
For how long were you unemployed after the bar exam? dharamsala03/04/17
I didn't get my first lawyer job until 6 months post swearin isthisit03/04/17
How did you sustain yourself financially during those 12 mon dharamsala03/07/17
50k attorneyinct03/04/17
38k. Boy was that job sh*t. DC area too and a gazillion doll perkinwarbeck03/04/17
Preach! isthisit03/04/17
$95k in Midwest regional biglaw. napoleone03/04/17
$50k in 2010; starting pay is now $55k at my org. tacocheese03/04/17
$80k tcpaul03/04/17
$35k in 2009 dollars. YNY. bigwags7503/04/17
$20 an hour part-time working for two solos. A few months in guyingorillasuit03/04/17
And which way was that - if you don't mind my asking? bigwags7503/04/17
How did things turn out for you after the $35k first job? guyingorillasuit03/04/17
$91k now. I apologize my doppelganger left you hanging bigwags03/09/17
50k 3lol03/04/17
28k late 90s defensivelawyer03/04/17
Yikes, I hope that was a low cost-of-living area. dharamsala03/04/17
$160k early 2010s biglaw sillydood03/04/17
115k but i went into consulting after school bucwild03/04/17
$45k was my first salaried job, which was 18 months after gr trollfeeder03/04/17
$15 an hour as a law clerk waiting on my bar results which i flyer1403/04/17
$25 hr plus xmas bonus, no benefits. ipesq03/04/17
70k. I was very happy to get it as I graduated unemployed an shikes03/04/17
45k. Left after 11 months for $70k. fcct03/04/17
75K with subsequent raises that got me up to 95K before I le barelylegal03/04/17
About $146K in today's dollars. wutwutwut03/04/17
About $2,000,000 in 2072 dollars. jonthomas03/05/17
Quite possibly. Unfortunately, I can't find any calcula wutwutwut03/05/17
I know this much, my first year salary will equal $2,000,000 jonthomas03/06/17
16,000 p/a as a Trainee Solicitor. limeysolicitor03/05/17
This is one of the reasons I left London. 16,000 grand. Pity prodigy03/05/17
2009 30k a month after swearing in metsfan03/05/17
Now THAT's impressive! inho2solo03/05/17
I got $50 per hour I billed but only worked part time. I wen elle30103/05/17
45k in a clerkship. sjlawyer03/05/17
NJ? dharamsala03/05/17
yes - I think going rate for trial court clerkship is publis sjlawyer03/05/17
$50K in midwest flyover in 2011.....A year after passing the warfrat03/05/17
40,000 kramer71603/05/17
2011. 39k no bennies flawed03/05/17
60k, non lawyer job in e-discovery. phillydoucherocket03/05/17
45k working for a solo. uknownvalue03/05/17
$7.25/hour plus tips as a bartender. dieter03/05/17
36k in 2009. It went down-hill from there.... then I left th acerimmer03/05/17
43k as a trial law clerk in nj. 2009 62k first year afte psusurf03/05/17
2011 - Ohio - 48K, small auto allowance, $2,400 for opting o tttnoregrets03/05/17
2008 - 50k at graduation and 60k post admission. Went up to notiers03/05/17
What did you go to after ID? fcct03/06/17
60k, got a raise to 62.5k after a year. Probate, elder law a junkwired03/05/17
65k out of law school in 09'. 180k in 2016, and hoping to b maxwell03/06/17
$0 dollars out of law school - had an unpaid internship at a 6figuremistake03/06/17
$40k without benefits and expected to bill 38 hours per week supesnation03/06/17
Graduated in 2009, but had to wait almost a year to get admi blackholelaw03/06/17
2012 grad in Philly. $0 out of law school - unpaid intern i 59timesthepain03/06/17
2011 Graduate. Bar in July with acceptance notification in jd4hire03/06/17
$10/hour doing tax prep. Plus $0/hour plus commissions in my captain03/06/17
22,500 salary plus commissions. Then the boss cut my commiss cranky03/06/17
FCCT - went to a boutique that focused on a small Litigati notiers03/07/17
45k in government in 2011. Bumped to 50k when I was admitted retard03/07/17
So I started 7k more than you in 2011, but haven't even doub jd4hire03/09/17
42k in 1998 and man was I ever happy to get it. shuiz03/07/17
I was expecting more grim responses. I guess there's select dharamsala03/07/17
No I think the people that are still in law are more likely 3lol03/09/17
$26,750. Assistant County Attorney in 1994. Starting pay th porochi03/07/17
70k - small nj firm goknicks03/08/17

dharamsala (Mar 4, 2017 - 11:45 am)

Just curious about what to expect.

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retard (Mar 7, 2017 - 7:10 am)

Did you take that job without asking what the salary is?

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dharamsala (Mar 9, 2017 - 9:00 am)

Symplicity said the salary was "40,000-$49,999". So it's somewhere in that range.

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isthisit (Mar 4, 2017 - 11:47 am)

$0 annually.

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dharamsala (Mar 4, 2017 - 11:55 am)

For how long were you unemployed after the bar exam?

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isthisit (Mar 4, 2017 - 11:59 am)

I didn't get my first lawyer job until 6 months post swearing-in. That started at 60K.

So I guess roughly 11/12 months post-summer bar exam.

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dharamsala (Mar 7, 2017 - 2:27 pm)

How did you sustain yourself financially during those 12 months? Did you put your loans in deferral, live with family, etc.?

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attorneyinct (Mar 4, 2017 - 11:57 am)

50k

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perkinwarbeck (Mar 4, 2017 - 11:59 am)

38k. Boy was that job sh*t. DC area too and a gazillion dollars in loans.

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isthisit (Mar 4, 2017 - 12:04 pm)

Preach!

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napoleone (Mar 4, 2017 - 12:49 pm)

$95k in Midwest regional biglaw.

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tacocheese (Mar 4, 2017 - 12:50 pm)

$50k in 2010; starting pay is now $55k at my org.

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tcpaul (Mar 4, 2017 - 12:53 pm)

$80k

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bigwags75 (Mar 4, 2017 - 12:57 pm)

$35k in 2009 dollars. YNY.

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guyingorillasuit (Mar 4, 2017 - 1:04 pm)

$20 an hour part-time working for two solos. A few months in, I decided to start my own practice because I saw which way the wind was blowing.

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bigwags75 (Mar 4, 2017 - 1:19 pm)

And which way was that - if you don't mind my asking?

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guyingorillasuit (Mar 4, 2017 - 3:23 pm)

How did things turn out for you after the $35k first job?

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bigwags (Mar 9, 2017 - 8:55 am)

$91k now. I apologize my doppelganger left you hanging

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3lol (Mar 4, 2017 - 1:15 pm)

50k

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defensivelawyer (Mar 4, 2017 - 2:26 pm)

28k late 90s

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dharamsala (Mar 4, 2017 - 5:29 pm)

Yikes, I hope that was a low cost-of-living area.

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sillydood (Mar 4, 2017 - 3:05 pm)

$160k early 2010s biglaw

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bucwild (Mar 4, 2017 - 3:34 pm)

115k but i went into consulting after school

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trollfeeder (Mar 4, 2017 - 3:37 pm)

$45k was my first salaried job, which was 18 months after graduation.

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flyer14 (Mar 4, 2017 - 4:27 pm)

$15 an hour as a law clerk waiting on my bar results which improved to $25 after getting licensed. That lasted a while until I built up s book of business. Never netted more than $3k a month, though. I got out of law within a year of that

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ipesq (Mar 4, 2017 - 6:12 pm)

$25 hr plus xmas bonus, no benefits.

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shikes (Mar 4, 2017 - 7:28 pm)

70k. I was very happy to get it as I graduated unemployed and would have easily taken 50k (and interviewed at multiple firms that paid that).

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fcct (Mar 4, 2017 - 7:50 pm)

45k. Left after 11 months for $70k.

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barelylegal (Mar 4, 2017 - 11:12 pm)

75K with subsequent raises that got me up to 95K before I left the company for a new opportunity.

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wutwutwut (Mar 4, 2017 - 11:36 pm)

About $146K in today's dollars.

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jonthomas (Mar 5, 2017 - 1:47 am)

About $2,000,000 in 2072 dollars.

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wutwutwut (Mar 5, 2017 - 8:27 pm)

Quite possibly.

Unfortunately, I can't find any calculators willing to speculate on future year inflationary rates.

You must gots betters softwares.

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jonthomas (Mar 6, 2017 - 9:37 am)

I know this much, my first year salary will equal $2,000,000 in some years dollars.

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limeysolicitor (Mar 5, 2017 - 7:01 am)

16,000 p/a as a Trainee Solicitor.

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prodigy (Mar 5, 2017 - 9:41 am)

This is one of the reasons I left London. 16,000 grand. Pityfull.

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metsfan (Mar 5, 2017 - 7:20 am)

2009 30k a month after swearing in

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inho2solo (Mar 5, 2017 - 1:39 pm)

Now THAT's impressive!

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elle301 (Mar 5, 2017 - 8:34 am)

I got $50 per hour I billed but only worked part time. I went back to school for a tax LLM and got a government agency job right after I finished my LLM making 60k.

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sjlawyer (Mar 5, 2017 - 9:49 am)

45k in a clerkship.

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dharamsala (Mar 5, 2017 - 12:40 pm)

NJ?

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sjlawyer (Mar 5, 2017 - 2:51 pm)

yes - I think going rate for trial court clerkship is published and probably about 47 now. Could be totally wrong.

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warfrat (Mar 5, 2017 - 10:58 am)

$50K in midwest flyover in 2011.....A year after passing the bar....

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kramer716 (Mar 5, 2017 - 11:46 am)

40,000

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flawed (Mar 5, 2017 - 11:53 am)

2011. 39k no bennies

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phillydoucherocket (Mar 5, 2017 - 12:16 pm)

60k, non lawyer job in e-discovery.

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uknownvalue (Mar 5, 2017 - 1:29 pm)

45k working for a solo.

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dieter (Mar 5, 2017 - 6:06 pm)

$7.25/hour plus tips as a bartender.

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acerimmer (Mar 5, 2017 - 6:32 pm)

36k in 2009. It went down-hill from there.... then I left the law.

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psusurf (Mar 5, 2017 - 8:05 pm)

43k as a trial law clerk in nj. 2009

62k first year after clerkship.... family law

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tttnoregrets (Mar 5, 2017 - 10:14 pm)

2011 - Ohio - 48K, small auto allowance, $2,400 for opting out of insurance (wife has bennies) and around a $2,500 year end bonus. Started the Monday after taking the bar exam.

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notiers (Mar 5, 2017 - 10:46 pm)

2008 - 50k at graduation and 60k post admission. Went up to 70k before the end of year one (in a dead end ID firm).

I'll make at least $170k this year. Not in an ID mill anymore. Things can get better.

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fcct (Mar 6, 2017 - 6:52 pm)

What did you go to after ID?

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junkwired (Mar 5, 2017 - 11:42 pm)

60k, got a raise to 62.5k after a year. Probate, elder law and estate planning. Now 55k at my clerkship which I just started.

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maxwell (Mar 6, 2017 - 12:40 am)

65k out of law school in 09'.
180k in 2016, and hoping to break 200 this year.

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6figuremistake (Mar 6, 2017 - 8:23 am)

$0 dollars out of law school - had an unpaid internship at a PI firm for a couple months and realized law was a miserable dead end.

After about 10 months unemployed post bar exam - got a short term contract stint for a non-legal employer that paid $17/hour. Ended up with a more stable but lower paying temp gig ($12/hour - Wal Mart employees eat your hearts out!); finally got hired full time at the same company for $44k a year (2010).

Doing decently these days but definitely no thanks to LoL School.

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supesnation (Mar 6, 2017 - 9:05 am)

$40k without benefits and expected to bill 38 hours per week.

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blackholelaw (Mar 6, 2017 - 9:14 am)

Graduated in 2009, but had to wait almost a year to get admitted (thanks NYC). Started my job a week later (2010) at $45k working for a boutique firm in a niche practice (in NYC!!!). It was awful.

Doing ok now, barely breaking six figures, in-house (in a different practice area) in a MCOL city.

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59timesthepain (Mar 6, 2017 - 9:43 am)

2012 grad in Philly. $0 out of law school - unpaid intern in a branch of the city's legal dept. valeted nights and weekends to keep some $ coming in. 6 after passing the bar months got an offer to work for $32K a year for 1 year in a niche department of a slightly-bigger-than-midlaw-firm with the chance to be hired on a full starting salary the following year "if I made the cut". Making $100K now in-house.

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jd4hire (Mar 6, 2017 - 3:12 pm)

2011 Graduate. Bar in July with acceptance notification in November. Job offered in October, but did not start until December. 52k for "research associate" in General Counsel's office for Ivy League university. Terrible environment and short term gig. Went to a small ID firm that matched 52k with okay benefits (no bonuses). Fast forward to 83k now with 10-20k bonus.

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captain (Mar 6, 2017 - 8:13 pm)

$10/hour doing tax prep. Plus $0/hour plus commissions in my second job.

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cranky (Mar 6, 2017 - 11:36 pm)

22,500 salary plus commissions. Then the boss cut my commissions so I wound up at 45k. No benefits. This was in the early 2000s. Next job paid even worse.

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notiers (Mar 7, 2017 - 12:07 am)

FCCT - went to a boutique that focused on a small
Litigation niche. That firm was bought by a mid sized firm.

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retard (Mar 7, 2017 - 6:59 am)

45k in government in 2011. Bumped to 50k when I was admitted. Now almost 3 times that.

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jd4hire (Mar 9, 2017 - 10:09 am)

So I started 7k more than you in 2011, but haven't even doubled my salary. What did you do to triple yours?

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shuiz (Mar 7, 2017 - 9:24 am)

42k in 1998 and man was I ever happy to get it.

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dharamsala (Mar 7, 2017 - 4:21 pm)

I was expecting more grim responses. I guess there's selection bias though (people with more desirable jobs are more likely to post).

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3lol (Mar 9, 2017 - 9:03 am)

No I think the people that are still in law are more likely to poast. People that washed out from jump street are less likely.

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porochi (Mar 7, 2017 - 11:25 pm)

$26,750. Assistant County Attorney in 1994. Starting pay there now is $40k something. Hasn't gone up much, 23 years later.

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goknicks (Mar 8, 2017 - 1:23 am)

70k - small nj firm

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