BigLaw Salaries drop; Judge Thomas likes non-Ivy Leaguers

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BigLaw salaries, after NALP reported that the median salary for first year associates at the nation’s largest firms dropped from $160,000 to $145,000. The study found that while $160,000 is still widespread at firms with more than 700 attorneys, it is no longer the prevailing salary. The median is now the same as it was in 2007. But the overall median increased from $115,000 to $125,000.

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Non-Ivy Leaguers, after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas compared judging law students based on their law school and their upbringing to discrimination against minorities and women. Thomas made the comment in a speech at University of Florida, where he spoke candidly with students about life philosophy. He said when picking a clerk, he likes to consider non-Ivy League students. When asked what the most important decision the court has made since he was sworn in 1991, he said didn't know and left it at that.