U.S. firms raise the bar on perks for lawyers

Law firms are getting some "sweet" treats

By Salman Haq

On Thursday November 22nd, 2007

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Candy AppleLaw firms across the U.S. are coming up with more extravagant perks to keep hardworking lawyers happy. The New York Times reports that one firm’s “happiness committee” recently left candied apples on the desks of its Chicago lawyers, while the firm’s Washington office suprised lawyers, paralegals and assistants with milkshakes from a favourite neighbourhood lunch spot. Other firms now offer personal valets to pick up sports and theatre tickets, take the car to the repair shop or even choose a Halloween costume. All this on top of $160,000 salaries for first-year associates, year-end bonuses of up to $35,000 and “special payouts” between $10,000 and $50,000.