Trial by hire

McCormick, Brian
October 2003
Crain's Chicago Business;10/20/2003, Vol. 26 Issue 42, pSR1
Firms have raised the bar for highly paid associates, who have to bill more than 2,000 hours a year. But, a corporate escape route is less of an option. Law school graduates who were attracted by six-figure starting salaries as first-year associates at firms a few years ago are feeling pain from that gain: workloads and intense pressure. Associates tempted to leave law firms for an in-house counsel job will find limited opportunities, say recruiters and law firm officials. Corporate downsizing and the exodus of corporate headquarters from Chicago, Illinois have left fewer jobs.


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