I think this is probably the best place to post this topic because the majority of you guys are in law school and looking at careers. I'm not interested in Big Law in NYC or Chicago- I would be much more comfortable in a city such as Lexington, KY (where I am going to law school). In a small/ mid-size town like this, what is the significant difference between the big law firms, as opposed to big city law firms?
For example, one of the firms that really appeals to me lists the following through the NALP:
Entry-Level Salary: $90,000
Average hourly billable associate hours: 1,596
Minimum billable hour expectation: 1,900
That salary for the area would be excellent. However, I'm confused as to the billable hours statistics. Does this mean that most of the attorneys are not making the cut, or is there some reason I'm not seeing for the disparity in expectations and actual hours? Also, to achieve 1,900 billable hours, how much could one realistically expect to work?
Thanks in advance for any comments.