ⓘ Associate attorney

                                     

ⓘ Associate attorney

Summer associates are current law students who have usually completed their second year of school or in some cases, their first year of law school and are interning at the firm for the summer. Summer associates have not passed the bar exam and are not attorneys. The summer associate program is often the primary method by which a law firm recruits for full-time associate positions.

                                     

1. Compensation

According to published data from the New York Times, the annual base salary for partner-track first year associate attorneys at top law firms in major U.S. legal markets such as New York, California, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and Texas can range from $160.000 to $190.000 per year - with salary varying depending on the size and reputation of the firm.