Corporate legal departments refusing to pay for work by first-year associates

High costs of fresh-faced lawyers causing legal departments to find cost-effective alternatives

Corporate legal departments are beginning to take a hard line on costs these days, and one of the first places they’re cracking down is in paying for the high hourly costs of first- and second-year law firm associates.

While many associates have decent credentials coming into their new roles, in-house legal departments are chafing at the thought of continuing to compensate these baby-faced barristers for completing often menial tasks that could very well be completely far more cheaply if kept in-house or outsourced to contract attorneys.

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