JazzOne wrote:rinkrat19 wrote:JazzOne wrote:Biglaw is such a small, selective world that I doubt they'll have to hange their policies at all for gen y. Those who come in with that attitude will not get biglaw jobs or won't make it past their first year. Biglaw is just too lucrative to make demands. There will always be a few people willing to work long hours for big money. I like flexibilty and vacation just as much as the next guy, but I jumped at the chance to make $3K/week.
It may take a generation (or more) to change the biglaw culture, if it ever happens... when Gen Yers are senior partners, maybe they'll let the junior associates work 4 long days and take Fridays off (or whatever), because they wish they could've done it when they were junior associates.
But the culture can change--it's not totally static, even if it's slower to shift than some other industries. I venture to say that office life in Biglaw now is not identical to how it was in the 1950s. For one thing, women get to be something besides secretaries nowadays.
I don't think those Gen Yers will ever get the chance to be biglaw partners. If I work my ass off and make partner, there is no way I'm going to let the next crop of recruits work less than I did. Obviously, I can't predict the future, and nothing is static, but I am highly skeptical that the most lucrative jobs in law will not be filled by the hardest working people. I want to make a shitload of money, and I'm willing to work harder than the next guy to make that happen. There are a lot of my classmates with the exact same attitude.
Just because you want the ability to shift your hours around doesn't mean you're working any fewer hours overall or that you're necessarily lazier. Someone in a regular 9-5 job who works 4x10s and gets their Fridays off isn't lazier than someone who works 5x8s, they just weighed the relative values of weekend vs. evenings and made the trade.
The attitude isn't "I don't want to do the work," it's "I want to do the work on my own schedule, and why the fuck should you care what my schedule is, if my work is getting done properly?"