Anonymous User wrote:Well Squire is another option I have. But, yes, I am considering smaller firms (60-100 attorneys in the CLE office) so the lifestyle would be different I would assume. I think the 3 big Cleveland firms do have different reputations for culture though... at least from what I've heard from lawyers/classmates. In the end, I will probably take the offer (for the reasons you mentioned). I'm just trying to do some research and get some opinions from people with inside knowledge of the firms-- specifically the Cleveland offices. I really liked what I saw during my callback but I'm generally a more cautious person and wanted to sleep on it and not just jump at the offer (which came the day after the callback). Not to get this post off topic or anything but how long can I realistically wait to accept the offer without it reflecting badly on me? I have a three more weeks until the NALP deadline. I hope my response satisfied your curiosity!
That makes sense. Every law firm obvi has a differently culture, its just that in most cases when people have questions about taking an offer from the best firm and raise questions about culture, its when the 'better' firm has a reputation for having a shitty culture/associates are slave labor/un-friendly partners/etc. And I haven't heard any of this about jones day cleveland - in fact, I've heard nothing but positive things about culture.
As someone who has had to make the SA decision, I think you're right to worry about culture/fit, but unfortunately its very difficult to deduce during CBs and people on forums will all have different impressions of each firm. I would go with your gut - wherever you felt the most comfortable. (And perhaps keep in mind financial stability, as finding a firm with a good culture isn't worth much if you don't get a permanent offer).