Every time I hear something like this, my bullshit detector goes off. There is ONE way to make a lot of money that doesn't involve working that hard (besides inheriting it)... its called passive income from capital. Outside of that, there are wealthy people who work hard and wealthy people who lie about it.
Not exactly sure what you mean here. I didn't imply that there are high paying jobs that require no work. I simply pointed out that these people act like I'M the one who is in an awful position because I'll be working at a large firm, and they are somehow martyrs who shunned big money for the good life.
I was fortunate enough to have worked in two major firms with very different cultures as a 1L. This let me go into the 2L OCI process knowing exactly what I wanted to do, and exactly the type of place I wanted to do it at. I didn't just interview at firms, I interviewed them. There were specific things I looked for, and if a firm didn't fit the bill, I withdrew my app. As a result, I was able to find firms where I'll be given early responsibility, substantive projects, and will have an opportunity to first chair cases very early in my career if that is something I feel ready to do. On top of that, I enjoyed the culture and environment at these firms, and genuinely felt like I fit in.
Will I have to bill 1800-2000 hours? Yes, but I'll be getting paid good money to do what I want to do with people I actually like.
So again, my point is that these so called martyrs really kill me.
prezidentv8 wrote:Semi-curious which firms these are and how exactly to conduct said "tailored job search."
Make a list of the things you want out of your legal career, the things you want in your workplace, your own strengths and weaknesses. Get comfortable with all those things, then network with people, research firms in areas you want to be in, and figure out which ones fit the bill. Most people approach the job search process by just blanketing all possible employers, and hoping they get one or two bites. I didn't. I applied to about 20 firms around the country total, and ended up with offers at 15.
Also remember that Vault and the NLJ250 are not the end all be all. The best firm for you
to work at may not be a 900 man V100 firm. It may be an NLJ250 firm, it may not be. Hell in some markets, the best firm based on objective opinions may even be just a 100 man shop. Know what you want, and do your research.