The Pros and Cons of Working as a Government Attorney

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Summary: Government work is a viable alternative to big law firms for JDs. Even if the pay is less, the work-life balance is much more respectful within a government job.
The Pros and Cons of Working as a Government Attorney
  • Many lawyers pass on the idea of working for the government.
  • One reason is the starting pay, which is nowhere near as much as what attorneys in private practices make.
  • However, there are perks for working with the government that many attorneys may not know about.
  • Keep reading to find out what those perks are.
In the summer of 2018, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP raised its first-year associate pay to $190,000 from the already impressive $180,000 amount. Soon, numerous other firms began to do the same. Law firms know that to attract and retain the best of the best they have to offer competitive rates, and this money factor is one reason many choose to go private instead of public after law school.

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