Not to rain on your comparison here, but it's a lot harder to get disbarred than to pass C&F. In other words, entry-requirements are high, but once you're in, it takes a lot to get removed.
True, but things like reneging on an unenforceable commitment are not even asked about on C&F. They are looking for things like undisclosed criminal convictions, not faux paus.
I didn't mean that they would, I meant that your attitude suggests you may one day inspire an amusing headline for the New York Daily News that will entertain tens of people.
What headline would that be? Look, I am loyal to my firm. I work hard and I think it's a good organization. My attitude is merely to suggest that the OP should at least take the GOLDEN opportunity (s)he was handed, and check the place out. The absolute WORST scenario is that (s)he hates the place and decides not to come back. In that case, the worst thing that would happen is that a few people at the firm are upset. It's FAR more important to end up in a good work environment with people you like than it is to end up at a V10 as opposed to a V30 (or V100 for that matter).
I acknowledge that many will not notice a 1L's reneging, but that doesn't mean it will go unnoticed by those that matter. It is always smart to avoid creating situations that could come back to bite you and reflect poorly on your integrity. That's true whether you're a welder or you work in the West Wing.
I'm not saying the OP should take the job with no intention whatsoever of ever working for them. From the title of the thread, it appears the OP is uncertain about the firm. What I am saying is that the OP should at least check the place out.
I personally know a person now in biglaw who reneged on a commitment to come back as a 2L. That person will never get a job at the 1L firm, but they have a good career at the firm they eventually chose.