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where to find good mid-sized firms

Postby Headybrah » Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:28 pm

that stress high quality of life

would like to make money
but don't need 160,000 a year
and want to have a family and enjoy my life...

where 2 find?
is it possible?

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Re: where to find good mid-sized firms

Postby thesealocust » Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:31 pm

Headybrah wrote:would like to make money . . . and want to have a family and enjoy my life... is it possible?


*Close enough for government work

For the most part: (a) attorneys at the entry level are highly compensated because of the amount of time they give up to their job (making QoL and $$$ nearly mutually exclusive) and (b) many firms that DON'T pay mega-bucks salaries STILL require enormous time commitments - meaning that if you miss a biglaw opportunity you might work just as much for half the pay - or just as much for 1/4 the pay.

To the extent 'exceptions' exist it tends to be people who work a lot of hours with objectively poor quality of life for a lot of money, but at least their hours / QoL aren't quite as bad as an NYC entry level corp/lit associate.

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