Firm ups starting salary to $185k; Feds sue LSAC over discrimination

It was a GOOD week for …

Litigation associates in Texas, after Bickel & Brewer, a 43-attorney law firm in Dallas increased starting salaries to $185,000. That is reportedly the highest starting salary in the nation for new attorneys. The firm has said it wants to be ahead of the curve and that it wants to be the salary leader. The firm has offered permanent positions to eight third-year law students.. The base salaries exclude bonuses, which are discretionary. It increased salaries from $145,000 to $175,000 for 2002 first-year associates.

It was a  BAD Week for …

the LSAT, after a federal judge allowed the federal government to join a California lawsuit alleging that the administers of the LSAT discriminate against the disabled. The action expanded the case nationwide. The lawsuit alleges that the Law School Admission Council fails to properly process request for accommodations for the LSAT resulting in improper denials. The lawsuit also alleges the council improperly discloses the identities of those afforded extra time to law schools. LSAC denies the allegations.