Anonymous User wrote:Still in the vale, 2015 grad. Had an interview and offer in Manhattan for a litigation position, but had to turn it down. They offered $60k for 2400 billable hours. My commuting cost from outside the city would've been over 10% of my pay and 3 hours every day. I keep calling alumni and mass-mailing. Attorneys keep telling me that they're surprised I'm not getting a lot of interviews (Top 10%, military), but it doesn't really help to hear that at this point. I'm nearly at my breaking point.
Those are really tough terms to swallow, and I don't know your situation obviously, but I'd probably have taken it.
Move if you can, commute if you have to (maybe ask if they can lower their billable requirement of you); take the shitty terms.
If your school/grades combo was very good, and you think you should be getting better offers in the very near / immediate future (I'm guessing you were recently admitted into the bar, which should help you get more interviews), then maybe skipping that offer was a good call. But it's a big gamble. You don't want a huge gap on your resume, and the longer it goes on the harder it will become to overcome it.
I say all that not to make you feel terrible for making the decision you made (which, like I said, maybe you were right on that one), but just to give you my two cents going forward.
If the long hours and commute were your main thing, I'd think pretty hard about what you're willing to take to work closer to home with some more reasonable hours. Like, if you were straight up offered like $40k for a job by where you live, just take it, and look for something better on your free time.
But if there's really not many job openings by where you live, and you're just hoping on a prayer that one will pop up, and are turning down offers from other cities in the mean time, you should probably reconsider your strategy.