SBL wrote:I'm curious what percentage of TLS posters will lose their biglaw hard-ons when they realize (1.) that $160,000 isn't actually that much money and (2.) how much working 80 hours a week actually sucks.
Yeah, particularly in New York City. 160k in NYC is like a 80k-90k salary elsewhere. In California, you can get 45 hr / wk government jobs that pay that much.
Government jobs are hiring? I think you're a confused 1L.
Your hours depend on your practice group. If you do M&A work, sure, it's going to be unpredictable and long. But other transactional groups have steadier hours. Also, if you work biglaw in ANY city, you're going to be working similar hours.
A lot of midlaw firms will work you at similar hours but pay you less. A lot of PI jobs require long hours for a fraction of the pay.
Also NY averages between 2000-2100 billable hours, more so the first. I don't know where you people got the idea that they are required to bill 2400+ hours. Not every NY firm is like Cravath.
If you want good hours and biglaw, look at Texas, not California.