Link: Law.com - Inside Opinions: Legal Blogs. This post highlights the disconnect between the big salaries for new law graduates at the big law firms, and the salaries out in the real world. All that pressure to succeed, and all that big law cachet has caused salary structures to go out of whack. Most of the new law graduates, and most of us solo practitioners live in the real world, and we do just fine. There is more to life than a big salary, grasshopper.