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Is $160,000 For A Solo Out of Law School Realistic or Rare?

June 24, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

This past week, this refreshingly upbeat MSNBC piece, Law Grads Going Solo and Loving It (BTW, congrats to my fellow blogging colleagues, Susan Cartier-Liebel at Solo Practice University and Aaron Street at Lawyerist for the mainstream mention) has been receiving tons of buzz in the form of tweets and social media pass-arounds but very little […]

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What Do Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Earn?

March 25, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Biglaw has its annual and closely watched profits per partnership or PPP extravaganza, while Above the Law devotes an entire category to biglaw associate salaries and cuts. But where can lawyers considering solo or small firm practice get a sense for what solo and small firm lawyers earn? The solo/small firm salary question is tougher […]

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What Do Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Earn?

March 19, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Biglaw has its annual and closely watched profits per partnership or PPP extravaganza, while Above the Law devotes an entire category to biglaw associate salaries and cuts.  But where can lawyers considering solo or small firm practice get a sense for what solo and small firm lawyers earn? The solo/small firm salary question is tougher […]

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How Much A Solo and A Blogger Earn

April 6, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Most of us are curious to learn how much solos earn, yet few solos are willing to publicly share. So here’s a huge hat tip to Peter Olson of Solo in Chicago for posting his monthly financials for 2009.   Because Peter’s so disciplined with expenses, he manages to keep virtually everything he kills. Interestingly, it […]

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What Solos Earn

January 29, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

I came across this Salary Chart for Solo Practitioners, updated as of January 21, 2007.  I can’t say that it’s all that scientific, since it sampled 244 respondents.  But for what it is worth, according to the chart, median salary for a solo 1-4 years out is $50k, 5-9 years, $80k, 10-19 years – 82k […]

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The Other Side of Biglaw Salaries

October 4, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This past post on comments by a solo deconstructing biglaw salaries (basically saying that the hourly rate is more along the lines of $30/hour if an associate works 90 hours a week) has generated many comments which I thought I’d address in an additional post.  First, thanks to readers who have pointed out that a […]

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Court Appointed Work Is Not Supposed To Be A Full Time Job!

July 22, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Well after all of the controversy, looks like the Massachusetts legislature will raise rates for court appointed attorneys as reported here in State House OK’s Raises for Lawyers for the Poor, David Abel (July 22, 2005).  According to the article, lawmakers will increase court appointed rates to $100 an hour from $61.50 for homicide cases; […]

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How Do Your Rates – and Income – Stack Up?

December 6, 2004 by Carolyn Elefant

Solo practioners in Central New York make about $50,000 a year, making them on average the lowest paid lawyers in the state, followed by solos in Buffalo who, in second place, earn $67,000.  These statistics are included in this article in the Central New York Business Journal (12/5/04) which reports on the findings of the […]

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