SURVEY: Starting Salaries for Lawyers & Other Legal Professionals Projected to Increase

Good news from this Robert Half Legal survey looking ahead to 2007! "Average starting salaries for legal professionals in the United States are projected to rise 4.7 percent in 2007, according to the just-released Robert Half Legal 2007 Salary Guide. Larger increases in base compensation are expected for attorneys with one to three years of experience at small to midsize law firms, first year associates and several legal support positions. Research from the annual Robert Half Legal Salary Guide indicates the hiring outlook is positive. Across the nation, corporate governance, litigation, intellectual property and real estate practice areas are generating... Read more →

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Ever thought about working as a "Mechanical Turk"?

Yeah, the first thing you're asking (I did too!), is what is a Mechanical Turk? "Some day, your boss could be a faceless Mechanical Turk who doles out tasks over the Internet. For nearly a year, Amazon.com's Mechanical Turk has paid amounts ranging from one cent to several dollars for tasks that take a few seconds to a few minutes to complete. The jobs include taking surveys, contributing to a restaurant guide, transcribing audio clips, and looking at photos on the Web to identify colors, street addresses, or human faces. [snip] "Chuck Freiman, a paralegal in Charlotte, N.C., spends two... Read more →

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"Temporary Solution"

Must read this article! "The $16 billion merger of SBC Communications Inc. and AT&T Corp. represented a high-water mark in the legal cattle call known as document production. Some 600 contract attorneys converged in Washington, D.C., to work on the SBC side of the deal, where the telecom giant's antitrust counsel, Crowell & Moring and Arnold & Porter, ran a massive antitrust regulatory review. A few hundred more in Chicago labored for Sidley Austin at AT&T's behest. [snip] "Crowell's use of an army of temps for document review is hardly unique. In an age when law firms spend huge amounts... Read more →

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"N.J. Paralegal Pay Lags Behind the National Average"

One of our Paralegal SuperConference speakers, James Wilber from Altman Weil, publishes national salary survey. Ouch, NJ is the lowest: "Paralegals in New Jersey earn markedly less than their counterparts in other parts of the country, according to a new survey of paralegal compensation. [See chart.] "If they worked in Newark last year, their average pay was $53,909, including bonus and overtime. Those in the Philadelphia-southern New Jersey region earned more: $58,552. "But both were below the national scale of $61,134, according to Newtown Square, Pa.-based legal consultant Altman Weil Inc., which last week reported the results of its survey... Read more →

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"Law Firms Look at Closing Pay Systems"

As described in this article, closing access to salary info may lead to less of a lockstep approach to pay. And perhaps paralegals will also be paid for their performance, not simply years in the field: "When Robert Tucker and 35 other partners jumped ship as Arter & Hadden was sinking in 2003, they wanted to leave behind the infighting about money that had pervaded some of the relationships at the now bankrupt Cleveland law firm. "They had seen how flaps over pay could tear partners apart, Tucker said, and they hoped to eliminate the divisiveness that had plagued their... Read more →

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"The rising profile of the [UK] paralegal"

About 500,000 paralegals work in the U.K. today. Many earn between £50,000 & £80,000 annually ($92,045 to $147,280). And with higher salaries comes a more professional standing: "Largely unnoticed, the paralegal profession has grown to 500,000 practitioners: 50,000 in the legal profession, the remainder spread throughout every other sector of the economy. "Paralegals do work that a decade ago solicitors would have done. This change reflects: increased wealth in society; the explosive growth of regulation; the wholesale emigration of solicitors from areas of practice no longer economically viable; and, at the lower end of the scale, the fact that virtually... Read more →

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Law Firms "Compelled" to Raise Summer Associate Salaries?

Ah, if only a survey about paralegal salaries could be so compelling! "Reminiscent of the teenage girl who conforms her fashion choices to those of her clique's alpha, many Atlanta law firm recruiters -- when pressed on summer associate salary details -- first asked, 'Well, what are other firms doing?' "Then they followed the alpha. "'Same ole' would have been the likely answer for the past several summers. "But this summer, the question took on new relevance in the wake of several large firms announcing first-year associate salary increases from $100,000 to $115,000." Read more →

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Someone is worried whether a paralegal can buy a house?

Yes! Tough way to get recognition though: The cooling real estate market offers a bit of good news for cash-strapped home buyers: The affordability squeeze has eased slightly. [snip] "Rising mortgage rates are cramping consumers' budgets, however, and local employers and politicians continue to fret about the ability of teachers, nurses and paralegals to afford homes. Frustrated borrowers either have turned to more creative financing, such as adjustable-rate mortgages and even 40- and 50-year loans, or are staying out of the market altogether." "But the income needed to buy a typical home is still twice what it was four years... Read more →

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"Paralegal opportunities to $115K"

Are these salaries posted on Monster for real? Check them out & let us know! Segue Legal Search PARALEGAL CAREER OPPTYS TO 115K +++ Segue Legal Search is one of NYC’s most successful recruiting organizations, bring your unique talents to Segue -- we are now recruiting for the following: arnold@seguelegal.com Law Firms and Major Financial Institutions – IMMEDIATE NEED !! CORPORATE PARALEGALS to 90K - arnold@seguelegal.com DOCKETING PARALEGALS to 75K - arnold@seguelegal.com IMMIGRATION PARALEGALS to 80K - arnold@seguelegal.com INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PARALEGALS to 95K - arnold@seguelegal.com LEGAL RECRUITING COORDINATOR – to 85 K+ PD OT - arnold@seguelegal.com LITIGATION PARALEGALS to 100K... Read more →

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"Outsourced Around the World in a Billable Hour"

There's more talk about outsourcing legal research & paralegal jobs. One report says that by 2015, 79,000 jobs will be outsourced; half will be legal staff & paralegals. Will your job be one of them? "General counsel should know of the dramatic increase in compensation levels for associates working for large Texas firms. As in the past, the reason for the increase was that Texas firms needed to keep up with recent increases nationally that were undertaken to attract and retain the most qualified legal talent among their associate ranks. "While large firms rationalize this jump in associate salaries as... Read more →

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