itbdvorm wrote:And for whatever it's worth...
I appreciate that several of you came to my defense. Even we older folks can use some validation here and there.
More importantly (because I can't help but try to find teachable moments), if the first grumpy individual learned something from an anonymous message board kerfuffle, that seems like an overall universe win. When I was a law student, I wrote a cocky, snarky email to a law professor regarding an article he had written. A few minutes later, he replied with a terse email that (a) ripped my specious argument to threads and (b) in so many words, said "who the f do you think you are?" I sat there in shame and re-read both my email, and his response, several times. Then I went in the next day to his office hours and apologized.
Today, he's still one of my mentors. And his upbraiding was exactly the slap in the head I needed.
I was then, and presumably most of you are now, a twenty-something know-it-all who had found academic success at nearly every step along the way. But despite being a know-it-all, I didn't know shit. And most of you guys don't either. And that's actually ok!
Being an entry level individual it's much more important to be eager and humble than actually to know what you're doing. All of you will do far better in interviews - and in life - by remembering how lucky you are to have opportunities and that you're not entitled to anything. Hell, I still feel that way...often
Starting salaries at firms - for people with zero real world experience - are insane. But for people with the credentials to actually get hired, it's not actually that hard to earn it. If you demonstrate commitment and eagerness, you really will do well.
And because I truly can't help myself...
I'm sorry, but there's really just no reason to go to Kirkland (assuming you mean NY) if you've got an offer at Simpson. Yeah, maybe, you'll get a few extra bucks as a junior (though the number of people who actually get that cash is, from what I understand, much more limited than they'd have you believe). But then your career will stall a bit in the middle ranks as you enter the weird nether-region of non-share partner (a 6-10 year passive-aggressive bizarre world from which virtually no one leaves). I know people think that "oh, I'm a partner" gives you some special exit rights - it doesn't. You just play that game for awhile and then go be a counsel at a not-very-good firm. And in the meantime, you live in their system, which by all accounts is a cutthroat bloodbath.
If you really want to get a few extra $s for working a few extra hours, I'd much rather go someplace like Latham, which is frankly a much better firm in most geographic areas (Chicago notwithstanding), better people and they pay over-market too. But to each their own.