Biglaw_Associate_V20 wrote:Succeeding in biglaw depends on how much you love money. Do you really love money? If so, you'll gun your ass off, maybe make partner and enjoy quite a bit of your time in biglaw. If you're a chill bro who would be happy with cable tv, an occasional vacation and a sweet bike, then odds are that you'll hate biglaw. The work is mind-numbing, it's nearly impossible to make partner and the longer you stay the more surrounded you are by people trying to jack your hours/clients/partner relationships so they can make partner over you. You have to really love money A LOT to be willing to focus, kiss ass, and dedicate your life to the horde for nearly a decade just to have a 10-15% chance of making partner. At my firm there were over 100 people technically "up for partner" and less than 10% of them made it last year. Good luck.
I could not disagree more. Perhaps it is where we are in our careers.
I'm a midlevel corporate associate and I find the work extremely interesting. It is the hours, unpredictable schedule and stress that are terrible. I'm a pretty laid back guy and I still enjoy a lot of my job because I find the work so interesting. I do not live lavishly or really enjoy the money that much except for the security it brings - it's nice to pay down debt. Then again, I had a number of other jobs before law school, so maybe it is all about perspective. At my level, there is zero competition for partner. The ranks of midlevel associates are thin even at this stage, so prospects for partnership are fairly realistic at my firm if you put the time in. With all of this said, the idea of sticking it out until partnership makes me sick to my stomach. You have no life except when you happen to get lucky and clients aren't emailing you... and then you are probably worried that you need to go out and market more because work is too slow.