From what I’ve observed, people go into law for one of two reasons: The money, or some unfathomable desire to do good. And if they’re really lucky, those two factors somehow mesh in perfect harmony.

Let’s get practical and just focus on those of you in it for the bucks. While the going rate at major firms won’t impress your hedge fund or private equity friends, it’s enough to make your life reasonably comfortable, like not having to think twice about paying full price for stylish clothes, eating at trendy restaurants and splurging on exotic vacations.

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