Anonymous User wrote:Helmholtz wrote:Smaller biglaw-ish firms that pay at least close to market, have a better work/life balance, and provide more opportunities to make partner? From what I've seen, these firms are more difficult to get than a lot of the larger biglaw firms. See e.g. Barack Ferrazzano.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Barack Ferranzzano kind of an exception? It seems like there are the smaller boutique firms that are still very prestige conscious (e.g. Barack Ferrazzano), and then there are smaller firms that are less prestige conscious (e.g. Chapman & Cutler, McGuire Woods)
I'm not entirely sure though. Appreciate the feedback.
It seems like firms such as Chapman and McGuire just aren't doing a decent amount of hiring (even in the boom times, it's not like they had large summer classes), and have pretty horrendous offer rates for summer associates (didn't McGuire have something like 50% last year or maybe the year before?). It also seems, from anecdotal evidence, that some T14 people who could have been in line for a V25, pre-crash, are looking to firms like Chapman and McGuire in an effort to get something in their desired market. I wasn't really thinking of these types of firms when reading your original post, but still, I'm not sure how viable of an option they are.