Law Firm Chaos

Welcome to Law Firm Chaos

We are tracking information about how the V100 firms (see Vault Rankings) are handing this financial crisis. Some are freezing salaries and saving jobs, while others are resorting to layoffs, shorter summer programs, and deferred start dates. Some firms are doing all of the above in an effort to remain fiscally responsible in these tough times (or if you are cynical, an attempt to preserve or increase PPP). We hope this site is useful for you, especially for those who need to make a decision about which offer to accept, whether you are a law student or individual looking to lateral to a new firm. Good luck to everyone, especially those who have experienced or will experience shorter summer programs, rescinded offers, deferred start dates, salary cuts or freezes, and layoffs. To date, 3.4% (0r approximately 3500) of V100 attorneys have been laid off and 75% (or approximately 3800) of the incoming first year associates will have a few extra months to travel the world before starting a BigLaw career (hopefully!).

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Click Here for a Stipend Scattergram
Click Here for a Start Date Scattergram & Bar Chart
Click Here for the Vault 100 Summary - Reaction to the Financial Crisis
Click Here for the Vault 100 Summary - Ranking by Stipend Amount
Click Here for the Vault 100 Summary - List of Firms That Laid Off First Year Associates
Click Here for the Vault 100 Summary - List of Firms That Cut Salaries