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DC Ranks First—and Little Rock, Ark., Ranks Last—in List of Best Cities for Young Lawyers

Posted Oct 24, 2012 10:53 AM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward

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According to the National Jurist, Little Rock, Ark., is the worst city for young lawyers. The median salary there is $54,000, according to the legal education publication, which gave the former home of President Bill Clinton a culture score of 2.5.

National Jurist ranked Washington, D.C., as the best city for young lawyers out of the survey of 71 cities, citing its median salary of $160,000 and giving the capital city a culture score of 9. The standard of living, based on buying power, the size of city’s legal community and whether the area has a “vibrant social scene for young people,” determined the rankings (reg. req.) of 1 through 71.

After Washington, D.C., the top five cities were Atlanta, Boston, Denver and Seattle. Ranked at the bottom of the list, in addition to Little Rock, were Charleston, S.C.; Oklahoma City; Dayton, Ohio; and Louisville, Ky.

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