Anonymous User wrote:How manageable would it be to live in a commuter town on the Metro North?
Probably much less wear and tear than trying to do the haul from NJ.
Anonymous User wrote:
I am willing to sacrifice sleep to have a happy spouse at home. As in, I don't mind having to be at the firm very early one morning, provided there is an hour's notice. How likely is it that I wouldn't have an hour's notice that I would have to be in at an unusual time? Based on my experience last summer (talking to corporate bros--not actual biglaw experience, which I understand is pretty limited for SAs), it seems unlikely that I would be put in a situation in which a partner emails at 6am and says get here in 20 min.
It depends. I've had client emergencies before 9 am, but you'll basically never have it in the context of "you must physically appear in the office." A lot can be handled by logging in remotely - I often wake up, do work, and then get into the office at regular starting times. If you aren't busy, most big firms have a culture that's at least tolerant of not getting into the office until 10:00 am or later too...
A good example of a real problem is European closings. If something goes wrong with closing, it's probably going to go wrong before 10 am, and being out of contact for an hour could be an issue. You might have literally no work to do, but just be on blackberry watch for the inevitable 11th hour panic you can't time in advance.
The flip side of all this doom saying is that... life goes on. You don't need to live in your office, and if you're out of contact and something Important happens it might cause tension but realistically, it's not going to be the end of the world. Having said that, I am glad I didn't voluntarily put myself in the position of having a nasty commute my first year. Chasing back to the office, coming in on weekends, and late nights followed by early mornings take less of a bite out of me as a result. Those things don't happen every day, but when they happen a few days back to back you take comfort anywhere you can find it.