Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I think the lot of you is kind of weird for adjudging V10 and V100 as necessarily being a different level of prestige or career options.
If you are interested in VC and emerging company work, Cooley or WSGR are hugely better than Skadden et al.
If you want tax, Steptoe or a boutique like Ivins is better than the ancillary-to-M&A groups that some V30s will have.
If you want capital markets, Magic Circle is better than V10.
If you want litigation, unraked BOIES is better than nearly all V100s.
TLS kids who care so much about Vault do so because they either 1) Really like M&A, 2) really like NYC or 3) Don't inform themselves.
I don't know which Vault rankings you guys are looking at, but both Quinn and Boies are within the V30 and very much ranked (underranked, to be sure, but ranked).
There are legitimate reasons to choose a less highly ranked firm, but these stem mostly from practice area or regional strength. If you're choosing based on "fit", remember that there really is little environmental difference between firms, even between a V10 and a V100--and there almost certainly is a V10 that fits your personality type as well as the V100 you're considering. And, of course, exit options both in the biglaw world and outside are highly dependent on which firm you're working at.
Despite what an earlier poster said, your first firm is, in most cases, as much of a "prize" as your law school or undergrad--it can open or close doors for your future. The vast majority of graduating law students who start at a biglaw firm won't be at that same firm in six to eight years, and where you will be in six to eight years depends significantly on which firm you chose to start out. There isn't a big difference in this between, say a V5 and a V10, or a V30 and a V50, but if you're choosing between a firm ranked in the 80s and a V10, it's a huge difference.