This week on the legal news podcast Coast to Coast, we discuss soaring associate salaries. After a few years of relative stagnation, salaries for first year law associates suddenly are exploding. Starting pay is an incredible $145,000 at some large firms and I heard today of one that hit $150,000. What is going on here? Joining us to discuss this are Carey Bertolet, managing director of BCG Attorney Search in New York City, Melissa Lennon, senior director of the Temple Law School Office of Career Planning, and Michel J. Ayer, a law student at the University of Iowa College of Law.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.