In-House Counsel

What is an appropriate starting salary for an in-house position, fresh out of law school?

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It really varies based on the company; i.e. size, revenue, industry, market, and area of practice. I started at $130k at mine, which is a F500 company in Chicago. I have a friend at a small financial services company making $70k.

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OP, my understanding is it will also depend on size of legal department and whether you have to manage others. For 200 in revenue and your experience, I would say starting around 100-110k

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I was a “legal analyst” u til I was officially barred and am now making 80k. First gig out of law school and in-house in medium/smallish company but rapidly expanding

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I’m lucky enough to have been working as a law clerk in a publicly traded company during my 3L year. I am the first law clerk they’ve ever hired - other than me, all of their lawyers either started with the company years ago, or lateraled in from biglaw. I know they intend to offer me a full time position next year. If I’m asked what I expect my starting salary to be, what should I say?

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Check Robert Half survets, Lawyer Whisperer blog.

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I’m a “staff attorney” at a F300 in a big city (but flooded legal market because of the location) and make $60k. I started in November 2019 and graduated in May 2018. I’m well below the average for my market.

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Locally, it’s hard to tell because our legal department is located in three different buildings and information isn’t very free-flowing here. However, there’s at least 29. We have locations abroad with in-house there as well. But, I am the only one of my title current at the company.

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I’m at a F500, major market, right out of law school they hired me at $90k

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Well that’s higher than mine and I’m at a F300 so I would say you’re doing great!

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I worked at a F50, starting was $95. I chose to go to big law instead

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