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A second wave of associate salary increases is sweeping the Boston legal market with several firms boosting first-year pay to $160,000 for the incoming September class. At Bingham McCutchen; DLA Piper; McDermott, Will & Emery; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, along with Boston-based Foley Hoag, compensation is $160,000 for the Boston September class and firmwide in some cases. Ropes & Gray raised salaries to $160,000 on May 1 and Goodwin Procter did the same on June 1. First-year salaries are now also $160,000 at Choate, Hall & Stewart. The Boston changes mirror activity in other markets. In the past few weeks, many major Chicago and Los Angeles law firms have moved first-year associate salaries to $160,000 to match New York increases.

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