The Career Services Office has general salary information that may assist you in the negotiation process.
Some candidates make a mistake in discussing salary too early in the interview process. If an employer asks you for salary expectations during the initial interview phase and you are unable to answer the question, defer the question until later in the process. Or, you may respond that you expect the salary to be fair.
Before accepting an offer, have a clear understanding of what you will be doing and what the expectations will be. If you are unsure about whether to accept an offer, set up an appointment to see a young associate in the office after you have been given an offer and ask questions about the working environment and the expectations for billing hours. Seek information about the organization's working conditions through the Career Services Office, faculty, friends and classmates. The more realistic the picture of work conditions, the greater the chance you will be satisfied with your job choice.
Benefit provisions can have a significant impact on the entire compensation package. At the time of an offer (and not before), you will want to ask the entire range of questions about benefits. Some benefits may include:
- Health, life, dental, disability and malpractice insurance for you and dependents
- Sick leave
- Personal leave/personal days
- Educational leave
- Educational cost reimbursement for coursework
- Maternity and/or parental leave
- Health leave to care for dependents
- Bonus system or profit-sharing
- Stock options
- Expense accounts for client entertaining
- Dues to professional associations
- Travel reimbursement
- Fee sharing arrangements for clients the employee develops
- Organizational memberships
- Automobile allowance
- Relocation costs
- Professional conference costs/time to attend professional meetings
- Time allowed for community service
- Flexible work schedules