nothingtosee wrote: rpupkin wrote:
nothingtosee wrote:With a firm this small, is it even possible to find out about things like required/minimum billable hours?
Your question is off the mark, but it has nothing to do with the size of Susman. It has to do with the culture of the firm. I don't mean this sarcastically: if you feel like a firm's "minimum billable hours" is relevant to your decision of where to work, then don't even think about Susman Godfrey. You just can't think like that and survive there. It's like trying out for linebacker on a football team and asking about the minimum number of tackles you need to make.
So is there a way of figuring this out for bigger firms aside from seeing how intense people are for the 5 hours you're at a firm for a callback?
once you have an offer (and not
before), ask for a second look and go have coffee or lunch with first and second year associates in your prospective department. You obviously won't get fully transparent answers, but it will be a little better. Also talk to 3Ls who summered at those firms or reach out to recent alums working there, they are great resources for giving you a better sense of lifestyle questions. There are also tons of receptions, offer dinners and cocktail hours, ect. where you can have slightly more honest conversations than in the interview context. None of these are ideal, but the callback really shouldn't be your only exposure to the firm before you make your decision.
At the end of the day, experience will vary amongst associates so you can't take anyone's word as gospel, but they at least provide the opportunity to have a larger sampling.