BigZuck wrote:Don't go to law school.
Don't go. 99.99% chance you do not get what you want
joefresh wrote:whatever. i told my friend this forum was useless anyways. bye.
BlendedUnicorn wrote:I feel like anything north of $100k would be great money for west virginia though. It's finding one of those jobs that I'd be concerned about.
Rowinguy2009 wrote:I was at one of the above firms for a couple years. As of two years ago, starting pay at most of them was in the 70's, except for Dinsmore which was in the low 80s (and which also, I think, had a 2k billable hour requirement, as opposed to the others which were between 1800 and 1900).
I really doubt the salaries have increased much over the past year or two given the struggles of the state as a whole.
Some of these firms tended to have solid benefits, with things like 401k match though. Once upon a time starting as an associate at these firms gave a fantastic chance at making partner, but these days it seems like a lot of them really expect you to have a legit book of business before that will happen, which can be hard for young people (again, WV is really struggling right now).
Edited to add -- no question that WVU law is, by far, the biggest feeder for these firms and all employers in the state. But if you have WV ties and went to a T25 or whatever you will be a very competitive applicant for most jobs.
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