« on: September 18, 2006, 06:51:08 PM »
There are no such big firms. The competition for recent graduates with good grades on Law Review and from top schools has become so much that the only means of attracting the best young talent is to raise starting salaries. However, on the other side of the market, the firms are also competing for clients so they are reluctant to pass the increase in wages on to the client. The result is an increase in working hours.
Studies show that hours of associate attorneys has gone through the roof in the last decade. For more in depth information on this trend, I reccomend reading
Schiltz, Patrick, On Being a Happy, Healthy, and Ethical Member of an Unhappy, Unhealthy, and Unethical Profession, 52 Vand. L. Rev. 871 (1999).