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I'm finishing my first year as an associate in Minneapolis and am considering a move to Boston (originally from the East Coast). Can anyone in the area give some insight into general billable requirements, salaries, and quality of life as a young associate? Or just your experiences as Boston/NE attorneys. Thanks!

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Snobby and insular, like Boston in general. If you’re white, you’ll do well.

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You’re not wrong, but in my experience the Boston legal market has been much more welcoming than the other two I’ve worked in (and I’m not white).

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Which area of law? I'm not in Boston but I have clients in Boston and their in-house attorneys are very "chill."

As an in-house attorney in Boston I can confirm this.

I started out in Boston. I was at a mid-size firm there . Our billable requirement was 1900, very manageable but I think comparable in the area. We were slightly below market on salary (most big firms I think had gone ahead and met the Cravath scale). I know firms in the Boston market have cut salaries in reaction to COVID 19 economic slow down. Quality of life really depends on the firm. Big firms like Ropes and Gray will likely have the highest salary and biggest benefits, but I’ve heard they work their young associates pretty hard.

I’m a first year in a mid-sized law firm in Boston and my billing requirement is officially 1900. Our salaries are on par with the Cravath scale, although some temporary reductions in salaries have happened due to COVID. Benefits seem to be on par with law firms here of our size. I really love the culture of my firm too and imagine staying here for the long haul.

Yes, I got it through OCI. From my experience in OCI, it looks like the firms are on par with Cravath. Although I have colleagues in smaller sized firms that pay less.

Large firms here pay your normal big law scale with normal big law work/life balance. Mid-size firms you’re looking at first year salaries in the 145k-160k range, billables 1800-1900. Smaller firms are all over the place with respect to comp and hours. It’s a small legal market. I love it here. But I grew up here, so I am not unbiased.

Many Boston firms pay Cravath base but much lower on bonuses though. Mintz for sure way lower but a great place to work.

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