kbigs wrote:The downturn will probably rein in salaries at the high end. Top firms are already under pressure to lower the $160,000 starting salary; one industry-watcher says it could fall as low as $100,000. And fewer firms will feel the need to pay the top salary.
Lower pay should mean that associates will not need to work the grueling hours many have been forced to. And it will mean less pressure to go into private practice for law graduates who would rather do something else.
lower salary + a possibility of having a life outside of the office = nice.
And maybe the practice of law will attract more individuals who are interested in the practice of law and not just a quick way to easy $$.