I'm a law student who has received an offer to clerk for a reasonably well ranked local firm. At what point can I ask how much they pay their associates?
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, I'm looking to the seasoned attorneys of Ask Metafilter to help me where my school's career services has failed.
Despite giving into my anxieties and skipping that networking session, I have managed to snag an offer to clerk at a local firm. It's the right size (dozens, not hundreds of attorneys), I really like the people and the atmosphere, they only practice in areas of the law that I am interested in, and I am sure I'd probably love working there long term (if I do well enough as a clerk to snag an offer).
The only caveat is that I can't figure out what their pay scale is. They don't have a profile on NALP or Infirmation/Findlaw, and LawFirmStats knows of them, but has no numbers.
They pay clerks pretty generously (>$40/hour) but I don't know if there is a standard scale up from clerk pay to associate pay.
It feels super presumptuous to ask about associate salaries before I've even accepted a clerk offer, but I'd like to know that this is a place that I can commit to (if
I get a post-graduation offer) and I do have a minimum salary that I'm shooting for.