It is the most great time of the calendar year: no, we’re not speaking about the holidays. In Biglaw, the finest period is bonus season. And the very good information is that this yr — in addition to raises and exclusive bonuses — bonuses are pretty generous.

Cravath has declared calendar year-end bonuses, and it is the 1st Biglaw agency to do so. Traditionally, the Biglaw reward very first movers (considering that Over the Law’s founding in 2006) are as follows, and Cravath has reclaimed its throne as Biglaw’s reward leader for the very first time since 2019.

When Above the Law questioned readers what they anticipated in advance of formal reward year, 58.24 p.c of respondents reported that they believed 2021 bonuses would be bigger than 2020 bonuses — and they were really suitable!

Cravath has announced the next scale for 2021 12 months-conclude bonuses:

This is the initially time in many years that Cravath has amplified the measurement of its bonuses throughout all class many years. Everyone will see more money, and the most senior associates in Biglaw will now be getting $115,000 in its place of $100,000. Huzzah!

Cheers to a delighted and healthy bonus period, associates! The countdown for other Biglaw corporations to slide around them selves to match (or beat) this scale begins now.

(Flip to the next web site to see the entire memo from Cravath.)

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Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Higher than the Regulation, where she’s worked considering that 2011. She’d appreciate to listen to from you, so you should experience no cost to email her with any ideas, issues, responses, or critiques. You can comply with her on Twitter or link with her on LinkedIn.


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