This Biglaw Firm’s December Has More Green Than A Deciduous Forest!


nyc money manhattanFew things bring joy like a bit of unexpected cash! And while bonuses are expected at this point… it’s still pretty nice to read that your pockets will have a bit of extra lining. If you’ve seen an Orrick associate with a some additional pep in their step, this is probably why. Check out the bonus scale!

Orrick Bonus Scale

Now that’s a reason for some Christmas cheer! It is also worth mentioning that Orrick’s annualized hours expectations for bonuses is set at 1950 hours. And while that’s only a few days’ less worth of work compared to firms with a 2000-hour expectation, it is also a few days’ less work. Comparable pay and a functional extra couple days off? Talk about the holidays coming early.

Happy Holidays!

(Turn to the next page to see the Orrick memo.)

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Chris Williams became a social media manager and assistant editor for Above the Law in June 2021. Prior to joining the staff, he moonlighted as a minor Memelord™ in the Facebook group Law School Memes for Edgy T14s.  He endured Missouri long enough to graduate from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. He is a former boatbuilder who cannot swim, a published author on critical race theory, philosophy, and humor, and has a love for cycling that occasionally annoys his peers. You can reach him by email at [email protected] and by tweet at @WritesForRent.


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