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Analysis

The Trouble With Young Associates

Law360, Chicago (March 1, 2017, 9:49 PM EST) -- The salary raises that swept BigLaw last year haven't led to newly outsize legal bills, but they reignited a conversation about the place of young associates in today's legal market, how law firms can best train and manage them, and whether they're a bargain or a burden to clients.

Many clients saw the move to pay associates fresh out of law school a base salary of $180,000 as further confirmation that law firms don't understand the environment in which they now operate, according to Amar Sarwal, chief legal strategist at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

"The cost pressure hasn't gone anywhere —...

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