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Lawyers on a two-track system at some firms

One sign of the times is a new class of lawyers at some large law firms – with fewer hours, lower pay and no chance of making partner.

As The New York Times reports, it’s a viable option for many lawyers with few other career choices. Moreover, it’s a much more family-friendly position, with fewer absent weekends and late night grinds.

The second tier lawyers are called “career associates” or “permanent associates” and they make from $50,000 to $65,000, according to the paper.

Some firms have created “insourcing” centers, putting all the career associates in one location, separate from the main offices, but not overseas.

Posted by Peter Vieth

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