The top five cities for young lawyers are: Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston, New York City and Chicago. The National Law Journal recently released its annual “Best Places to Launch” list of 100 metropolitan areas in the U.S., where law firms are finding it easier to hire new associates than anywhere else in America. The ranking looks at how well local economies are growing; rates of unemployment among recent graduates; national practice opportunities; cost-of-living expenses versus salaries; and nonlegal amenities such as entertainment options, accessibility to business class flights and restaurants that serve alcohol (or those with a strong bar scene).
In addition to these major cities on the East Coast (where more than half of all law schools are located), the Top 10 Best Places for Young Lawyers also include: Philadelphia; Columbus, Ohio; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; Louisville/Jefferson County Kentucky area; Milwaukee area — which includes Madison — Sun Prairie and Waukesha Wisconsin areas and Hartford Connecticut area (which includes Bridgeport) on Long Island.