Drinker Biddle & Reath's decision to combine a training program for first-year associates with an initial below-market salary of $105,000 is being hailed by law schools graduating those attorneys as a creative and novel approach. In place of a larger paycheck with an immediate billable-hours requirement, Drinker Biddle associates this September will enter the six-month training program, after which their salaries will rise to market rate. The current starting salary in Philadelphia is $145,000.
Law Schools Applauding Drinker Biddle Plan to Emphasize Training Over Salaries for First-Years
The Legal Intelligencer
May 12, 2009