In a recent survey by Law360, six of the top 10 best markets for new lawyers are within 50 miles of New York City. But there’s more to being a successful lawyer than location, as numerous studies have shown that there is great value in personal contact with mentors and experienced professionals. In addition to Philadelphia and Washington D.C., these cities also offer high-paying jobs on par with those offered in Manhattan:
Philadelphia ranked second among the seven U.S. metro areas surveyed behind Chicago for new lawyers on average annual pay ($80,000), which was just over $2,000 less than New York city’s figure ($83,441). Philadelphia had been home to several notable law firms since before 1995 when its first major class graduated from Temple University School of Law – including Ballard Spahr LLP (2013) and Squire Patton Boggs LLP (2012). The area has seen steady growth in recent years thanks largely to expansions at DLA Piper US LLP (2014) and Cozen O’Connor PC (2010).