Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:itbdvorm wrote:Anonymous User wrote:So say you choose a lower ranked firm, even a satellite office, over a V15 for lifestyle. Transactional work. Is this risking a dead-end career path 7-10 years down the line? Where do associates in the higher V100's wind up later in their careers?
I'm honestly not sure about the second part, but choosing ANY firm in the V100 for "lifestyle" is frankly silly. You're going to be far happier in the long run choosing the "better" firm (Vault, Chambers, etc.) and spending your first few years there than you will going to a "worse" firm and expecting better hours, etc. They won't be appreciably better and the long-term exit options are substantially worse.
Very interesting. What do you think of taking a V25 over a V10, where the V25 argues that the culture is nicer/more collaborative, that they invest in associates for the long haul (as potential partner material), and that they allow greater flexibility before choosing a practice area, etc.? I know many firms claim these characteristics, but based on the limited amount I've seen and heard, there does to be an edge for the V25 over the V10 in these regards.
Edit: The V25 is NOT Ropes, both firms are NYC firms, and the V25 is not more selective than the V10, though the gap may be smaller than many think. The V25 may also be in better business shape than the V10.
Depends on the V10 and the V25. You wouldn't be silly to take Gibson over Weil, for example.
Thanks, I agree, but places like Gibson, Debevoise, and Quinn are often regarded in a way that outstrips their rankings, and many people could rationally take them over V10s. In my case, say this V25 is actually regarded as a V25-ish place, the V10 is one of the least selective of the V10, but the V10 is still regarded as "better" or more selective than the V25 by pretty much everyone I've talked to.
I should also add that I may not be doing transactional work at either place, which makes rankings less relevant in general (though the V10 is still somewhat better regarded within litigation than the V25), but that I do care about exit opportunities in ~3 years, which may make the name brand matter slightly more.