I got an offer at a small firm. It's a contract/hourly position, but there's 40-50 hours a week available, and it's real attorney work in my desired area of practice (not doc review). And there's a permanent position available "if things work out," whatever that means.
The firm is all local TTT attorneys, and I think they feel like I will bolt as soon as I find something better. They even asked in the interview "how would you feel being the only guy here not from our TTT?" So I think they see me as a flight risk. I guess getting paid hourly is fine with me for now, since if they make me work ridiculous hours, I actually get paid for it, as opposed to having a salary. The hourly rate is not too bad...if I end up working 50 hours a week, I'll end up making more than I expected. But I'm pretty sure there's no benefits. I do get to come into the office "with shorts and a golf shirt" if I want, unless I have to go to court.
The thing is, I'd much rather work at a small firm (plaintiff-side) long-term than Biglaw. I hate working in bureaucratic environments, and I like the idea of extracting large sums of money from monopolistic behemoths and giving that money back to people who are probably close to being broke...even if the case has little merit
. It's just dat loan payment that makes me wish I were making more.