Anonymous User wrote:Can anyone speak on the principled differences between K & S and A + B?
I've heard the "stereotypical" distinctions that K & S is "more of a sweatshop", and have also heard rumblings that their work quality has suffered in recent years. thoughts?
It is really hard to give you concrete differences. Having worked at one of the two this summer, I can tell you that K&S is a little more formal in its vibe. That was easy to observe based on how the summers dressed and interacted with one another. K&S also arguably has a slightly better corporate practice than Alston. I have heard a number of attorneys say that Alston is better for women.
I don't think the hours associates work is very different between the two. Maybe slight variations in specific practice groups, but on the whole, associates at both work very hard. Neither firm, however, is a sweatshop by NYC standards.
This is one of those situations where you should just go and interview at both if you can and see where you feel you fit better. There is nothing wrong with either culture, and one is not inherently better than the other. It just depends on what fits your personality.