Legal Jobs Salary Quiz

 

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Legal Jobs Salary Quiz

Do you know the salaries required to hire and retain premier legal talent at your corporate legal department or firm? Find out how much you know by taking our quiz. We’ll describe the job and candidate. You tell us the appropriate average salary.

Go on. Test your legal salary knowledge.

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    Staff Attorney

    Provides legal services to clients and supervising attorneys. Requires 3 years of experience, a juris doctor, and state bar admission.

    Meet Miranda. After graduating from law school, she did some temp work and was eventually employed full time as a staff attorney for three years at a business in her hometown. Now, she is open to moving and working at a bigger company where she is more likely to advance. What is a competitive salary for her?

    Yes, that’s correct! Staff attorneys have a range of about $40,000, depending largely on job duties, employer size and location.

    Sorry, that’s incorrect. It’s actually $100,000. Staff attorneys have a range of about $40,000, depending largely on job duties, employer size, and location.

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    In-House Counsel

    Drafts, reviews and negotiates contracts for various departments. Requires a juris doctor, state bar admission, and at least 3 years of experience.

    Say hi to John. After working as a paralegal for two years, graduating from law school and working as an in-house staff attorney for four years, he is eager to move up to in-house counsel at the same corporation. Assuming he has the skills, what can he expect to make?

    Yes, that’s correct! Since the 2008 recession, corporations have relied more on in-house counsel, as opposed to law firms, as a way to reduce costs. Expect this trend to continue.

    Sorry, that’s incorrect. It’s actually $171,500. Since the 2008 recession, corporations have relied more on in-house counsel, as opposed to law firms, as a way to reduce costs. Expect this trend to continue.

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    Senior Counsel

    Provides primary legal support for the client and supervises counsel as appropriate. Requires a juris doctor, state bar admission and at least 8 years of experience.

    This is Amy. She graduated from law school in 2002, and after traveling and volunteering for a year, began her career as a junior associate at a law firm. She then moved to in-house counsel at a major corporation and is now prepared to rise to the senior level. If she lands the position, what’s her new salary?

    Yes, that’s correct! Many professionals who are currently senior counsel started their careers prior to the economic collapse of 2008 and before the ratio of law school grads to open jobs became so lopsided (although law school applicants are currently declining).

    Sorry, that’s incorrect. It’s actually $220,246. Many professionals who are currently senior counsel started their careers prior to the economic collapse of 2008 and before the ratio of law school grads to open jobs became so lopsided (although law school applicants are currently declining).

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    eDiscovery/Litigation Support Manager

    Oversees the support provided to the organization’s litigation efforts through the use of technology. Requires a bachelor’s degree and at least 5-7 years in the field.

    Meet Andy. He’s a former jack-of-all-trade IT professional who grew curious of data storage and security. After turning that into a career at a small IT firm, he moved to a law firm to not only store and secure sensitive data, but to help lawyers classify, organize, and retrieve it whenever necessary. He is now a Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS). Select the competitive salary for Andy.

    Yes, that’s correct! Within the last 10 years, thanks to more data, new laws, and advanced technology, eDiscovery has become a major part of legal teams. As far as recent job growth, the specialty field has seen numbers as high as 100, 200, even 300%.

    Sorry, that’s incorrect. It’s actually $108,000. Within the last 10 years, thanks to more data, new laws, and advanced technology, eDiscovery has become a major part of legal teams. As far as recent job growth, the specialty field has seen numbers as high as 100, 200, even 300%.

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    Junior Associate

    Assists with preparation for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. Juris doctor, state bar admission, and 1-3 years of law firm experience required.

    This is Decker. She is fresh out of law school, but has worked in different part-time positions at a major law firm for two years. She’s loyal to the firm and hopes that they recognize her ambition and skills and hire her as a junior associate. What’s a competitive salary?

    Yes, that’s correct! Although the demand for junior associates has declined, and the unemployment rate for young attorneys has risen, the starting salary for a junior associate is still generous relative to other entry-level professional positions.

    Sorry, that’s incorrect. It’s actually $140,128. Although the demand for junior associates has declined, and the unemployment rate for young attorneys has risen, the starting salary for a junior associate is still generous relative to other entry-level professional positions.

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