Here are the Atlanta firm descriptions for anyone in this class still wondering and for the next class:
K&S: It's K&S. If you are a striver, this is the firm for you. The best firm. And everyone in the firm will remind you it's the best firm. And you will remind yourself on Saturday night its the best firm. And then you will continually let your friends know its the best firm. Before you lose them. It's hard balancing 2500 (yes, be prepared for that) hours a year and a social life. But you will have a lot of Atlanta prestige. You will pwn the Buckhead bar scene if you get a job here (kidding, you won't actually get to go out).
A&B: Not quite K&S. But still prestigious. You'll still do well at Buckhead bars. Not as laid back as they once were. Less hours than K&S, maybe, but maybe not. Try to work for a good partner.
After those two firms no one outside of the legal world knows wtf you are saying.
Jones Day: Doesn't have the Atlanta prestige K&S or A&B have in the old money Atlanta society. But in the legal community its just as reputably and just as good of work. Just as many hours. Get paid more $$, so probably a better option. Just don't expect to be able to drop the Jones Day bomb at Big Sky. Top for M&A.
Sutherland: Tax. If you are in tax, best firm in south. Outside of that you are just doing regional Atlanta work.
Kilpatrick: Does top tier regional Atlanta work. Sutherland and Kilpatrick are best two Atlanta firms after K&S and A&B for non M&A work (Jones Day is tops).
Dentons: Not sure what is going on with Dentons, Everyone left. I'm sure they still have some good partners.
Troutman: Atlanta institution. Not as fratty as they think they are but still cool people. If you just want to be in a good Atlanta firm with cool people, work here. They do large deals for an Atlanta firm.
Paul Hastings: Literally the only thing I've heard about this 40 person office is "sweatshop". Probably do relatively big corporate work for a 40 person Atlanta office.
Morris Manning: Actual fratty dudes. Great for real estate and corporate for a firm their size.
Arnall Golden: Does medium-sized Atlanta work. Real estate and healthcare centric. Nice people from what I've heard, but very insular.
Parker Hudson: Very underrated. Does great healthcare work.
McguireWoods/ Hunton: What are these Richmond firms doing in Atlanta?
Locke Lord: Houston firm is even weirder than Richmond firms.
Bondurant: As someone way earlier in the thread said, no one reading this is getting a job here. Best litigation firm in the South,