Quick Poll: What do you value most - Money or prestige?

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Which would you choose?

Biglaw for $160k - Prestige wins
9
12%
Unknown law firm for $500k - Money wins
64
88%
 
Total votes: 73

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Quick Poll: What do you value most - Money or prestige?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:41 am

I'm wondering what everyone thinks about this. Here is the hypo:

You are about to graduate in May and have two job offers. Job 1 is at a biglaw firm in a major market paying $160,000 plus bonus. Job 2 is at a relatively unknown law firm, not in a major market, paying $500,000. Pay trajectory for job 1 is standard; for job 2 it is at least $500k. Assume both are litigation. Considering the various differences (pay, exit options, quality of life, etc.) - which would you choose?

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Re: Quick Poll: What do you value most - Money or prestige?

Postby zzzzzzzzzz » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:43 am

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Detrox
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Re: Quick Poll: What do you value most - Money or prestige?

Postby Detrox » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:47 am

Who is this "prestige" going to affect other then fellow lawyers? Even then most of them will laugh at you for turning down a 500k/year job, additionally, everyone else in the world will be much more impressed that your making crazy bank straight out of law school rather then being a member of some "bigtime" firm. My two cents at least, guess things may be different if you truly want to go into BigLaw for life and pal around with Marty Lipton etc.

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Re: Quick Poll: What do you value most - Money or prestige?

Postby Lawl Shcool » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:57 am

I voted for the money.

Prestige matters amongst other law students / lawyers, who are generally not as good looking, interesting, or fun as the rest of the population. Money goes much farther, especially when you look like a law student / lawyer.

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Re: Quick Poll: What do you value most - Money or prestige?

Postby Julio_El_Chavo » Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:21 am

Prestige is for egomaniacs.

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Re: Quick Poll: What do you value most - Money or prestige?

Postby Errzii » Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:26 am

Where are the jobs that pay 500k and where can I sign up?

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Re: Quick Poll: What do you value most - Money or prestige?

Postby Davidbentley » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:47 am

Firstly, why in Jupiter's name are you anonymous? Secondly, I voted for the money. In general, I do have an affinity for prestige, however I would much prefer the exit option of retiring in five to seven years, rather than going in house at Google/goldman/Walmart in five to seven years.

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Re: Quick Poll: What do you value most - Money or prestige?

Postby omninode » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:02 am

Money can buy prestige. Case closed.

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Re: Quick Poll: What do you value most - Money or prestige?

Postby socraticmethodman » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:06 am

Prestige don't pay the bills, bro.

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Re: Quick Poll: What do you value most - Money or prestige?

Postby fo sho » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:10 am

omninode wrote:Money can buy prestige. Case closed.


You only need about $6 to buy a whole bottle of it at Ralphs

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Re: Quick Poll: What do you value most - Money or prestige?

Postby Old Gregg » Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:48 am

I'll take both.

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Re: Quick Poll: What do you value most - Money or prestige?

Postby Borhas » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:10 am

Prestige. But subjective based on what I view as prestigious. But I value money way more than the opinions of others.

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Re: Quick Poll: What do you value most - Money or prestige?

Postby concurrent fork » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:54 am

what MARKET SHATTERING firm pays $500k for first years?

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Re: Quick Poll: What do you value most - Money or prestige?

Postby Grizz » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:58 am

Did you post anonymously so no one will know how much of an idiot you sound like?




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