Women, salaries, law student loans and asking for a raise

By Lisa Salazar (@Lihsa) A friend texted me before the New Year to tell me that her firm granted her request for a raise. But today, she got even more interesting news. Salary is a real issue for young lawyers, as explained by Wired's "Grad Students are Freak Out About GOP Tax Plan. They Should Be." On top of that, the US Labor Department data shows that women earned about 82 cents for every dollar a man made in 2016. This young woman–a talented lawyer that speaks 3 languages, has an LLM, and broad range of experience–is ecstatic because she anticipates that by the end of this year she might break six figures. She wants to become a first-time home-owner and get a better handle on her own student loans. The student loan crisis LendEDU, a marketplace for student loans, reports that the average law student loan debts, which exclude scholarships but includes living expenses, can range anywhere from $48K to $340K. In fact, one lawyer…

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