New Associates May Find Bigger Benefits in Smaller Markets
In a softening economy, competition for positions at large law firms is more intense than ever. But in some smaller markets, such as Worcester, Mass., the second largest city in Massachusetts after Boston, law firm business is still booming and firms are hiring, according to this story from the Worcester Business Journal.
So should you consider moving to a smaller market? The pay is lower; for example, the $90,000 starting salaries at Worcester law firms are roughly 60 percent of the going rate at Biglaw. But a less expensive cost of living helps to compensate for the disparity. Plus, law firms in smaller cities often boast a less stressful work environment with lower billable hour requirements and emphasis on having a life outside of the office. In particular, many women lawyers and young mothers find these benefits appealing -- and Worcester firms have reported an increase in hiring women lawyers over the past few years.
Do you work in a second-city market -- and if so, what has your experience been like? If you currently work at a large firm, would you consider a move to a smaller market? And what are some other cities in addition to Worcester that are home to law firms that serve larger corporate clients? Please post your comments below.
Posted by Carolyn Elefant on April 14, 2008 at 04:41 PM | Permalink
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