romothesavior wrote:If this is who I think it is, go to the hometown firm, despite the previous shit I've given you for it. I think Cravath is a great opportunity, but it is clear you would be happier in a smaller city, and I'm skeptical of how strong the Cravath brand is in smaller cities. They don't want some 4th year with virtually no real experience. And the notion that you'll learn more at Cravath seems silly. People have great exit opportunities out of Cravath because of the brand, not because they learned all about being a litigator in three years. Sure, the cases in your hometown wont be as big and the attorneys not as prolific, but you will likely get far more early lit experience.
I don't buy the notion that Cravath 4th years have "virtually no real experience" (in corporate, which is what OP wants). The combination of the rotation system and having so much work they have to turn clients down means that partners have a huge incentive to train you. If you suck, they can't just ask for another associate. If you're good, you can free up the senior associate to do work the partner would otherwise have to do, which means the partner can handle more clients and bring in more money.
For corporate, anyway, the big benefit for a junior at a place like Cravath is that not every deal is necessarily make or break for the client. Cravath associates say that by the end of their first rotation, they get to run small securities or credit deals. These deals might be part of some bigger project the client has, the client often doesn't mind an associate running them because of the smaller dollar value, and partners have a huge incentive to let the associate run them because that let's them take on more work.