Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:i chose a V50 over a V10 last year and had the best summer ever at my firm. I wouldn't consider working for a V10 ever. Our summers all went home at reasonable hours (5:30 pm) and had no weekend work (we also have a 100% offer rate, so this changes things a bit), while friends at "higher" ranked firms worked late at night. I know that Debevoise kept summers until 10 or 11, and a friend at another firm worked until 5:30 am and then had to be back in the office at 8:30. There were many more examples like this.
And before you comment....no, it wasn't self imposed. The associates kept them there.
Corp or lit? If corp, then your firm didn't give you real work. I worked some long hours at a V5, because an associate needed my work product and didn't have time to do work he assigned me. When you actually start practicing, people aren't going to cover for you the way they obviously did at your firm.
This actually leads to another question I had in mind.
I will probably choose between a V10, a V30 and V70 by the end of the summer. I'm hoping for the V10 because Chambers gave them the highest ranking for the kind of corporate work I want to pursue. Not to mention, I have already fallen in love with some of the people there. But in terms of quality of life, is the summer at all a good metric to measure how your life as a first year associate will be? I mean, I've been told that summers barely get any work, unless you're working at a V3 (or apparently, a V5), so...I guess my question is kinda directed to the anon user who got out at 5:30pm each day...do you really think that is at all indicative of what life will be like as a first year associate? I highly doubt it. I'm looking to get my hands on substantive work as soon as possible and actually get the experiences of the first year associate so I will know what to expect if, or hopefully when, I decide to work there upon graduation. All these wonderful summer stories sound great...but how great are they when you get back to the firm and it's completely different to your summer? If you land in the V100, you're probably gonna get your ass worked out. Period. Maybe I'm more cautious, but I wouldn't take my summer filled with wining and dining, and 5:30pm clock-outs with free weekends as a reliable indicator as a higher QOL of a first year associate at a particular firm.