StanleyF wrote:Just because people start throwing around that S&C or DPW is really "selective," don't start worrying about which firm you work for when putting together bids. OGI is about 1) getting a job and, 2) finding a firm that seems to fit you best (if you have that luxury).
Every firm is basically the same. It will represent big, corporate clients, demand that you work a lot of hours, and pay you well.
But unless you are applying to the very few firms that pay above market (Quinn/ Boies/ Wachtell/ Willams&Connolly jump to mind), they will all pay you exactly the same. So if you get a job at super prestigious Cravath, guess what? You will be guaranteed to make the same as most of your classmates. And maybe less. Why? Cravath sets the bonus level every year. Almost all firms will copy it, but a few will beat it. So while the hallways at Cravath may be roaming with unicorns and leprechauns, most firms pay exactly the same, and some are guaranteed to pay more.
So don't stress about which law firm is perceived as more "elite." Just try to get a job with a firm where you think you might get along with the people who work there.
And for those who have asked questions about litigation vs. corporate, most firms do both, and most firms will expect you to try both during your summer. If you tell them that you feel really strongly about one or the other, it probably won't hurt your chances, but it probably won't help them, either. (This obviously doesn't apply if you are interviewing with an all-litigation firm).
Generally I agree with your sentiment. Those going to mega-elite firms will then claim "exit options." When, to where, and for how much? They don't know. They are just people who believe that Vault rank is directly related to how "good" the exit options are. Otherwise they're at a sweatshop of a law firm in a high cost-of-living city for no tangible gain, and the entire world starts to fold in on itself, or something.
You sound kinda mad, though.