Magnificent wrote: rayiner wrote:
Magnificent wrote:how do you know its "non-feeder"?
I can't picture a universe in which you have a feeder but neglect to mention it in your original post. It wouldn't have been relevant, of course, but your preening never is.
Well if you knew anything about clerkship hiring right now you would know that if I mentioned it was a feeder clerkship I would essentially have exposed myself since there are only about 4-5 feeders that are done hiring.
Actually, I know a lot about clerkship hiring right now. I know that you are absolutely incorrect about the number of feeders who have already hired. Rather than it being '4-5' as you suggest, virtually every feeder on the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th have finished hiring. Some of those have even hired for 2014 as well. Virtually the only feeders who have not hired yet are DC and 2d (and to be fair, most of the 2d Cir feeders will be hiring for 2014 at this point, as will some of the DC feeders). Now, I have no desire to get into an argument over who knows more, etc. But, there is no need to spread misinformation.
But, back on topic. Let's be honest though, this is all a little bit silly. For people who are at the top of their class (and especially those coming off COA clerkships), there will be a variety of options available. Yes, some of the litigation and appellate boutiques pay more. They also tend to work much harder. It's also not very helpful to compare apples and oranges. Yes, Susman Godfrey pays more (starting at least) to associates than other firms. But, they are also doing plaintiff's work that many people don't have a strong desire to do. And, they have a personality that is not a good fit for everyone. Likewise, a handful of big law firms pay more as well.
That said, there are good reasons for picking firms that don't necessarily pay more. For example, if you want to do regulatory work, you'd be far better off going to Covington or A&P over a litigation boutique. Same if you are interested in academia - it seems like 1/4 of all the profs out there spent time at Covington. Similarly, Gibson Dunn DC attracts lots of smart conservatives who want to do a mix of appellate work. Kirkland DC attracts a lot of really smart, aggressive litigators. etc.