Just how bad is the job market for young people? So bad that a Boston law firm recently posted a job for a new, full-time associate that's expected to pay just $10,000 a year, WBZ reports. That might be less than minimum wage, but the firm, Gilbert & O'Bryan LLP, says 32 people have applied so far. "What we emphasize is that we do provide the opportunity for new associates to have their own case load right from the start," one partner says.
The listing was spotted on the Boston College Law School's site; BC law students pay $44,000 a year in tuition. "For a school that pays cafeteria workers a 'living wage,' I find it astonishing that BC Law permits a listing for such an unconscionably low salary," says the graduate who spotted the listing. A BC spokesman says that "in this challenging legal environment, we feel that it's better to post any opportunity."