dhg5004 wrote:So many people are blind to the reality of 'biglaw'. I know 5 people working in NYC in 'biglaw' firms who utterly and insanely hate their lives. Working 80-90 hour weeks and basically having no life at all. Sure they're making 150k-200k but when you factor in living expenses/loans/taxes you are seeing about half of that amount.
I think its funny how 'biglaw' seems to be a shining beacon of hope for all the miserable people on this site who hate their day jobs....as if biglaw is a solvent to their seemingly endless misery.
my 2 cents.
ha, I was just writing a response about how condescending this reply is when I saw jmhendri did the same thing.
There are people who are using biglaw as a stepping stone for careers that don't generally hire candidates straight out of law school (for example, USAO). There are also people who have done their due diligence, actually researched the jobs they're trying to get, and are going into biglaw fully aware of the fact that it's likely going to be miserable for the first several years. Please don't assume you're the only person with some kind of inside knowledge as to how biglaw 'really' works when the rest of us think it's all rainbows and unicorns.
Also, I feel compelled to offer a counterpoint to the "reality of biglaw" you offered. I know partner-track senior associates at top Vault firms who run out of work at 5pm EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. It's not common, and is unfair to the people who have to work with them, but that doesn't negate the fact that it happens. When you're a senior associate, you don't have to bill 3000 hours a week to prove yourself. A lot of the younger associates bill that many (or more) hours because they don't know what they're doing and spend 6 hours on something that would have taken an older associate 2 hours. However, a fifth or sixth year wouldn't want to bill a ton of hours for the sake of volume and come off as incompetent to the partner who reviews his billing. Another thing: if you work on a litigation team, you can make your billable hours by working your ass off for about half the year and have a relatively normal schedule the rest of the time. Obviously biglaw has a poor work/life balance compared to most 9-5 jobs out there, and the first 3 or 4 years of a new associate's career are going to be very rough, but it's not a living hell 100% of the time.