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Economy Improving? Law Firm Pays Lawyer $10,000

June 7, 2012 by  

Economy Improving? Law Firm Pays Lawyer $10,000
Thirty-two lawyers applied for a job offering $10,000 in compensation.

If the pay package offered at Gilbert & O’Bryan LLP is any indication of the economy, things are not headed in a good direction. The small Boston law firm posted a full-time position for which the employee can expect “to earn $10,000 in compensation in the first year.”

A minimum wage worker in Massachusetts makes about $16,000 a year.

The low compensation raises legal questions.

“In general an employee who is not exempt from wage and hour requirements has to be paid minimum wage for every hour they work,” said Josh Davis, a partner with Boston’s Goulston & Storrs. “If an exemption applies, that may not be true.”

The firm has received 32 applications from law school graduates. The pay may be low; but, according to firm partner Larry O’Bryan, the one hired will get valuable experience.

“What we emphasize is that we do provide the opportunity for new associates to have their own case load right from the start,” he said.

Boston College Law spokesman Nate Kenyon responded to questions raised by Boston Business Journal: “We wouldn’t necessarily endorse a full-time job that pays $10,000 a year, but there may be graduates who feel that the experience combined with health and retirement benefits are worth it.”

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • FreedomFighter

    Look a law firm taking advantage of and using exploitive tactics on its own employees, how oldschool of them…dear johnny your first lesson about being lawyer === go for the money sonny.

    • Sirian

      You’ve tacked it dead center FF!! Agreed!! And the COWS think Wall Street is greedy? Such fools. . .

  • JimH

    If the grad is a “good” lawyer, they will hire on just so they can sue their employer later on. That is how they will make their money.
    If not the new kid has something to put on their re’sum’e.

  • eddie47d

    Everyone has to start somewhere although the story didn’t say how much this person would be making after the first year? That would be the deal breaker for me since few can live on $10,000.

  • 45caliber

    My understanding is that the US has 3% of the world’s population. But we have over 50% of the world’s population of lawyers. There are far too many lawyers who graduate each year. Law firms can get away with things like this since the graduates have no jobs available. They have to do something and a chance to get on with a law firm is valuable even if you aren’t getting paid anything the first year.

  • Steve E

    Those new grads can look at that job opportunity as an internship, just like doctors do.

  • Jon

    I don’t see how this makes sense, anyway. I certainly wouldn’t hire a lawyer who places his worth at 2/3 that of a McDonald’s janitor.

  • Bob

    What do you call 50,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start.!

    • JimH

      What is the difference between a vampire and a lawyer?
      One is a souless, blood sucking monnster that preys on the innocent.
      The other is a bat.

      • http://naver samurai

        Q: Why is it a good thing to bury liberals?
        A: Because deep down they are good people.


        P.S. You need both love of country and fear of God to be a patriot.

      • eddie47d

        They are even better people standing straight up and fighting for social liberties!.

      • JimH

        Eddie, Now we need to dig a deeper hole to bury them standing upright?

  • 2¢ worth…

    If you think THIS is bad, just wait until all the unions are run out of town.


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