We're accepting the meh lawyer salary - but what else to negotiate?
January 25, 2012 7:03 PM Subscribe
My significant other got a full-time job offer from the small law firm they've been working at part time. Yay! But the salary offer is just meh. What other perks should we be asking for?
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My SO has been working at minimum wage, 15-20 hours a week, for a small firm in NYC for the past several months. After months of sending out resumes, my SO recently began interviewing for entry-level lawyer positions, and the small firm has responded by offering a full-time gig, with 2 weeks vacation and the standard holidays off. The salary is on the low side, but not out-and-out insulting, in this still pretty tough job market.
My SO graduated 10 months ago from a lower-tier school, in the bottom half of the class, passed the bar in the summer (in the 80th percentile) and has decent internships and good grades in the classes applicable to this field. But interviews have been few and far between, especially for good experience, which this firm offers.
My SO is learning a lot from this position, and we're both leaning towards taking the gig, but what else can we attempt to negotiate in this deal? A cut of new business generated? The freedom to take unpaid vacation time? A 4-day workweek? What are we not considering? It's an extremely laid-back office environment, so feel free to get a little creative.