bbermud wrote:SBL wrote:lisjjen wrote:Define secondary markets? Is everything but LA and NY a secondary market? Would Houston and DFW or Seattle be considered a secondary market?
What would Boise be? A tertiary market?
In the strictest sense, NYC and DC are the "primary markets." To this, people often add Chicago, LA, SF, Boston, Houston and DFW because there are a lot of firms there and the biggest among them tend to pay market. When people define "secondary markets" as markets with firms that don't pay 160, they're usually talking about places like ATL, Phoenix, San Antonio, Florida, San Diego, Sacramento, Seattle, etc.
I really want to move to Chicago post graduation and have not decided if Biglaw is for me yet. If didn't go Biglaw in Chicago, what sort or salary could I command granted I am not an idiot.
Note: I speak in general terms, not exceptions (because I know someone is going to say "well I know someone you makes xxx and isn't working in BIGLaw")
If you're doing private work, there really is a huge gap between BIGLaw and smaller firms - a bimodal distribution in LS salaries.
I really wish I could find an explanation that really breaks down the numbers, I had a link but apparently lost it. Will post it if/when I find it.