c3pO4 wrote:lessthanjake wrote:As an initial point, I don't know why you would compare DC PI to NYC BigLaw. You are biasing the results by comparing two cities with different costs of living. It's true that most BigLaw is in NYC, but there's plenty of BigLaw jobs in DC, too, just as there are plenty of PI jobs in NYC. Pick one city and go with it.
I dont think it biases the results. NYC is the primary place where people get BigLaw jobs. DC is the primary place where people get government PI jobs. So if your sights are set on BigLaw, chances are you'll get that job in a place with a massive CoL, but if your sights are set on gov PI, chances are you'll get a job in a place with a lesser CoL. This has to be factored in when thinking about the differing salaries.
The point of this was never to argue that PI in NYC is similar monetarily to NYC BigLaw. The point was that the typical NYC BigLaw job is not necessarily significantly more lucrative than the typical PI job. One of the main reasons for this is precisely that the typical PI job is NOT in NYC.
So ignorant. NYC biglaw is not the "typical" private practice job. Also, saying most biglaw jobs are in NYC is meaningless and stupid. Most people are considering biglaw vs PI in the same city, and most PI is not DOJ while most biglaw is similar. You have convinced nobody of anything.
First off, some reading comprehension here is necessary. You're quoting me saying that "the typical NYC BigLaw job is not necessarily..." and acting like I was saying that NYC BigLaw jobs are typical in general. "Typical" in that sentence is an adverb modifying NYC. Read it again with that in mind.
With that said, when did I ever say it was the typical "private practice job?" I have implied it is the typical BIGLAW job. Given that BigLaw is defined various ways, but typically as the v100 or nlj250 and the majority of firms in these are from NYC, this is not a controversial statement, but rather pure fact.
And your insistence on latching onto the idea of me mentioning the DOJ is bordering on absurd. The DOJ is certainly an elite job in terms of PI prestige. It is not, however, a particularly elite PI job in terms of compensation. Notice that my other example of an entry level attorney in a Florida State Attorney's office actually had better take-home pay once cost of living was factored in. If anything, my use of a DOJ job in DC as an example made PI work seem LESS lucrative because DC has a high cost of living. You can argue against what I am saying (I certainly do not claim to know everything on this topic), but insisting on saying "THE DOJ IS NOT A NORMAL PI JOB!" as a way of arguing that PI is less lucrative than I'm making it sound is simply NOT a valid argument.
EDIT: As for most people looking for BigLaw and PI in the same city, that might be true. I think it depends on the age of the graduating student. For someone who is already married/settled down, your statement is likely true. However, younger law students have much more flexibility in where they are willing to go for work. I know that for me, I will go wherever my ideal job is post-law school rather than trying to find a job in my ideal location. Given that thought process, my OP makes plenty of sense.