I've Been Admitted to Law School. The Question is...Can I Survive?


Wednesday, February 09, 2005


Preaching to the Perverted breaks down the starting associate salary based on the Yale Numbers. Turns out based on billable hours and salary starting associates make between $40/hr and $50/hr.

Dave! then says "It's not hard math to do, but I wonder how many law students ever bother to do it."

Here's the thing Dave!: It's not that we don't bother to do it, it's that we actively avoid doing it. I don't want to know that after spending $150K on an education, I'm making the same hourly wage as one of the senior paralegals. That's depressing. I'd rather think of it as, I make $125K plus bonus while he makes $75K per year. It sure as hell sounds better to me and keeps me off the cliffs and out of speeding traffic.