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Levering Permanent Job Offers

Postby Jarndyce » Wed May 04, 2011 2:00 pm

Is there a generally-accepted rule regarding whether it is kosher to leverage permanent job offers against each other? Suppose, hypothetically, that your 1L firm starts out at $120,000 and your 2L firm starts out at $128,000. You have offers from both firms and prefer your 1L firm -- would it be bad form to negotiate with your 1L firm? I know that in other job industries, this would be acceptable; however, with the lockstep nature of law firms combined with the bad economy, I am curious what the standard would be for law firms.

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Re: Levering Permanent Job Offers

Postby vanwinkle » Wed May 04, 2011 2:03 pm

The lockstep nature generally leads to a take-it-or-leave-it mentality from what I understand. If one firm is paying more, there's a reason for it. You either take less money to not work there, or you take more money to work there.

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Re: Levering Permanent Job Offers

Postby McBean » Wed May 04, 2011 4:19 pm

It can't hurt to try. No one is going to be offended.

It also probably won't work though.

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