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Rising 2nd year at corporate boutique. Major market. 170k base, variable monthly est. 20k, EOY subjective bonus. Big law = 200+25 I think. Is the range I am in competitive? Billed 2500+ last year.

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Thanks for the reply! My stats are T20 (UT/UCLA/Vandy) Strong GPA (top 1/3) Firm is small corporate boutique but well known. We had someone else lateral recently to biglaw prompting closer, but not total, salary matching

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Most Cravath-paying top Am Law firms will also be interested in top 20-30 law schools (sometimes top 50 if the GPA is top 15% or better), strong GPA, and whether the candidate is lateralling from what the prospective firm would consider a peer firm. How do you fare on those points?

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Agree that your position is fine to move into big law . You may be more competitive with two full years under your belt, but now also isn’t a bad time to look in case firms have junior departures after bonuses are paid out and/or didn’t fill enough with first year classes. Feel free to DM me if you would like some help with your search.

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