So when exactly does one get considered as the “next year” associate? When does a first year become a second year? Or fifth year become a sixth year? Do firms differ with that?

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When the paycheck goes up

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When the next class comes in

Agreed. Can’t keep calling someone a first year when there’s new first years. Maybe they haven’t completed a whole year yet but a few months won’t matter in the long run of their careers.

My firm does it as of January 1 for everybody. Meaning you’re a “first year” for more than a year- though you’re a law clerk for a lot of that time anyway.

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