Had lunch with an old friend today. Topic of salaries came up. My friend opted not to go to law school. In fact, he made a smart decision. In college, the guy was a genuis. As a computer science major, he could help all of us out in a jiffy anytime we had a computer problem.
So after college, instead of taking the LSAT like myself and my delusional friends, he took an IT job that paid 45K/year. He's now interviewing for jobs in the IT sector and while I was busy sweating my balls off on stupid Torts hypothetical bullshit, he was out there making $$...
So his salary requirements for jobs he's interviewing for? $85-100K.
Oh and he only works aroubd 45 hours a week. Not bad huh?
Yeah, heres a newsflash. Most ID firms would laugh
at attorneys who asked for $85-100K out of law school. The dark brutal truth is that most of you are going to barely scrape by. Here is a nice little summary of what the salary is really like:
Assuming you are NOT a graduate of a top tier law school and:
(1) top 20% of your class,
(2) on Law Review/Journal/Moot Court, and/or
(3) has a connection to a decent job via a 2L/3L employment/clini experience or a friend,
Your actual salary will most likely be anywhere from $30,000/year to $60,000/year. Actually 60K is pushing it because most firms don't want to fork over that much for someone who doesn't know jack shit.
Now these numbers are based on someone who is:
1. between the age of 24 and 30 at the time of LS graduation
2. awaiting admission to the bar or recently admitted
3. has 1 year or less of work experience between college and law school (and in a useless area like "paralegal at Pillsbury Winthrop)
Going back briefly to the JDJIVE board, I encourage you all to read a thread called "TOILET Law Firms..." which is quite insightful.
And if you were wondering about salaries for government positions:
NY County District Attorney: $46,000-54,000/year
Brklyn County DA: $40-50,000/year
Queens County: $40-50K/year
Bronx County: $40-50K/year
Staten Island (Richmond): $38-45K/year
Nassau County: $40-50K/year
Nassau County Attorneys Office: $55-65,000/year
Westchester County Atty Office: $55-65K/year
NYC Department of Buildings (Investigation): $45K/year
So there you have it.
More reasons for not going to law school.