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Portland: does anyone practice there? What’s your opinion? Would you pick Seattle if you had to choose between the two? I’m a 5th year associate practicing in a mid-size market in the Midwest looking to make a move to the West Coast and am wondering if it’s a good idea.

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Portland is great, but the legal market is super insular and generally unfriendly to those without ties.

Agree with Associate 1. So many people come here and can’t stand the weather. It’s not enough to just have gone to law school here. People want to see real ties (spouse, parents). You’ll be asked which local high school you went to.

Stoel Rives is good. Seattle is bigger and has more exit opps though.

I came to Seattle 6 years ago after finishing law school in the Midwest. I love it! The legal community is active and collegial. In my opinion the boutiques and regional firms have more sway here than the local offices of national amlaw 100 firms. But that's just my observation as a litigator. Might be different for corp or some niche areas. Don't expect huge salaries like LA or NYC. Not many first years making over $200k here. Typical starting range $110-160k (with exceptions)

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