With more law firms paying first-year associates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston the same amount they're doling out to their starting lawyers in New York, it seems that attorneys there are getting shortchanged in the deal. A "nationalization" of their practices is the reason many firms give for paying the same amounts in different locations. But a look at the cost-of-living differentials shows that the copycat compensation is creating some significant pay disparities among associate ranks.
Does It Pay to Make N.Y. Law Firms Pay?
The National Law Journal
June 12, 2007