Law Clerk vs Associate Title at Large Law Firm

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igo2northwestern
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Law Clerk vs Associate Title at Large Law Firm

Postby igo2northwestern » Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:14 pm

I've seen some folks labeled as Law Clerk, and I've seen people with similar backgrounds with the title of Associate. Both individuals did well at their respective T14 schools, and both are 1-2 years out.

They're at Skadden. Is there a difference in role? One of them recently changed her title on LinkedIn from Associate to Law Clerk.

Thanks

texas man
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Re: Law Clerk vs Associate Title at Large Law Firm

Postby texas man » Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:55 pm

Those labeled as "Law Clerk" are not admitted to practice, because they have not taken/passed the bar exam, in their respective jurisdictions.

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Re: Law Clerk vs Associate Title at Large Law Firm

Postby igo2northwestern » Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:32 pm

light bulb. thanks :)

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Re: Law Clerk vs Associate Title at Large Law Firm

Postby thelawyler » Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:21 pm

igo2northwestern wrote:light bulb. thanks :)


Some firms even call their Summer Associates "Summer Clerks" instead internally, even though the official title is Summer Associate.

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Re: Law Clerk vs Associate Title at Large Law Firm

Postby NinerFan » Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:49 pm

Also, they can still be labeled a Law Clerk until after they're officially admitted, even if they've already passed the bar exam.

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Re: Law Clerk vs Associate Title at Large Law Firm

Postby Old Gregg » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:46 am

also differences in billable rates.

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Re: Law Clerk vs Associate Title at Large Law Firm

Postby igo2northwestern » Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:44 am

Thanks for the responses. Just for clarification, there isn't a difference in salary for law clerk vs associate right--160 means 160, despite the billable rate difference?

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Re: Law Clerk vs Associate Title at Large Law Firm

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:10 am

Correct. (Though there may be exceptions.)

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Re: Law Clerk vs Associate Title at Large Law Firm

Postby goodolgil » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:08 pm

Everyone is a law clerk until admission regardless of what they put on their LinkedIn page.

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Re: Law Clerk vs Associate Title at Large Law Firm

Postby igo2northwestern » Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:58 pm

Got it thanks everyone




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