keg411 wrote:Curious, before you think BigLaw is the be-all-end-all of prestige... then why at YHS is ordinary BigLaw what the "median" people do and not even close to what the very top of the class ends up self-selecting into?
BigLaw is great to get for a number of reasons (I have a SA lined up myself and it's something I wanted), but if you're really a prestige-whore, there are things you probably should want more than BigLaw.
A fair question.
First of all, BigLaw is not objectively good. *I* personally want to do it for very vain and unglorious reasons. I admit it.
Extremely smart YHS grads--I assume--would not want to do BigLaw for several reasons:
1) They're independently wealthy and would rather do something to benefit the world or help with elected office/judgeship at a later time.
2) They're not independently wealthy and would rather do something to benefit the world or help with elected office/judgeship at a later time rather than enriching themselves.
3) They really love academia and want to be professors.
All of these are extremely noble and far far more objectively prestigious than BigLaw. A Supreme Court clerkship, for example, is OBJECTIVELY the best thing you can do out of law school. Dedicating your life to public interest and helping people is far more admirable than slogging away in a sweatshop on Park Ave.
I understand all this, but I still want BigLaw. Prestige is wonderful to have...but money is essential. And if by some chance in hell I make it in BigLaw as a partner, I would definitely not turn down a judgeship or an offer at a non-profit far far down the line, but we're talking like 35 years from now. Right now, as I said to Heavenwood in a PM. My eyes light up at the idea of going to work in a Brooks Brothers suit and tie at some glass and steel skyscraper in Manhattan, working on big projects with smart people, and being able to tell people "Oh, I'm an associate at Cravath" like a blueblood.
I understand it's disgusting and vain and all that...but this is what I want right now. I hope it changes too for the sake of my soul.