What's it like to work in DC?

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portaprokoss
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What's it like to work in DC?

Postby portaprokoss » Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:59 pm

I'd like to work in a major market for aesthetic reasons: I like good theater and museums. Of the three cities I'm considering--NYC, Chi, & DC--DC seems to be the most relaxed, which I like: wide streets, low buildings, not too crowded or dingy, etc. What's it like to work big law in DC as compared to NYC & Chicago? Why did you choose (or not choose) D.C?

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Re: What's it like to work in DC?

Postby gokumax » Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:19 pm

portaprokoss wrote:I'd like to work in a major market for aesthetic reasons


That's a first.

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Re: What's it like to work in DC?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:05 pm

Fewer hours in DC biglaw as compared with NYC; maybe about 10-15% less. Less of a bonus, too, although lately the difference has not been significant. At some firms the difference has been zero. Don't know about DC vs. Chicago, but I imagine the two are roughly comparable.

The work in DC is of a very different mix than in NY. Less deal and finance driven, although there is some deal and finance work (particularly the parts dealing with government regulation/approval of mergers, etc.). Housing is cheaper in DC than NYC, but still crazy expensive. Chicago has a huge advantage over the other two in this regard.

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Re: What's it like to work in DC?

Postby portaprokoss » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:10 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Fewer hours in DC biglaw as compared with NYC; maybe about 10-15% less. Less of a bonus, too, although lately the difference has not been significant. At some firms the difference has been zero. Don't know about DC vs. Chicago, but I imagine the two are roughly comparable.

The work in DC is of a very different mix than in NY. Less deal and finance driven, although there is some deal and finance work (particularly the parts dealing with government regulation/approval of mergers, etc.). Housing is cheaper in DC than NYC, but still crazy expensive. Chicago has a huge advantage over the other two in this regard.


Are you currently working in DC? What led you there?




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