Of course, at the heart of the bump story is conflict.
The have-nots now only can measure themselves in reference to the haves. The have-nots are those whose law firms didn't totally match the bump or didn't even enter that space. The organizations usually issued platitudes about serving client interests by maintaining manpower compensation at a "fair" level.
Meanwhile, the haves are enjoying the one concrete marker that they have indeed chosen the right career path. The other significant indicators aren't so glowing. The odds are they are on short term in the firm. After all, the game is up or out. They will work horrific hours. They may not be able to attend their own wedding. And they may realize they don't even like doing law.
The conflict is palpable between the size of their new paycheck and the realities of their everyday life. Soon enough there will be an opinion-editorial posted anonymously in an establishment publication about how the bump didn't bring professional satisfaction or any incentive to halt self-destructive behavior.
But the real question is: How much longer will the media chase this story? Will it be over when we wake up on July 5th and that's that? There's no way of telling. The creativee folks at Abovethelaw.com are geniuses at finding new angles.