Biglaw, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Perks / Fringe Benefits

Biglaw Perk Watch: CLE, Yeah You Know Me

Continuing Legal Education CLE Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgWe’re not yet done talking about Biglaw perks and fringe benefits. Today’s topic: Continuing Legal Education, or CLE.
Let’s go back to Kirkland & Ellis (which pays a $50K clerkship bonus, in case you hadn’t heard, and gives you a $350 office decorating budget). From a tipster:

K&E associates get something like $5,000 a year to go on CLE. It covers everything: airfare, hotel, food, etc.

You can go on those boondoggles with Justice Scalia, at the Ritz-Carlton in Colorado. Or you can go to Amsterdam and party.

A CLE allowance of five grand sounds pretty great. Is our tipster correct about this? And is any other firm similarly generous?
P.S. CLE is on our mind because we just paid our New York bar dues (and filled out our CLE certification). We still keep up with our CLE requirements, ’cause you never know. And we’ll be scooping up some CLE credits on Friday and Saturday, when we’ll be covering the 2007 ACS National Convention here in DC. Marsha Marsha Marsha!!!
Update: Yeah, we know we aren’t required to stay current with our New York CLE. But doing so gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling inside, that’s all.

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