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California associates still dreaming of New York-sized salaries are in for a rude awakening.

West Coast standard bearers Latham & Watkins and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher announced Friday that they’re increasing first-year associate pay to $160,000 in New York, but only to $145,000 in California and elsewhere. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Heller Ehrman and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker also announced the same increase — except that Orrick will also raise Washington, D.C., first-years to the $160,000 scale.

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