Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I split at a Vault firm in DC and a mid sized lit firm in Dallas last summer, and had very different experiences at each.....After working for both places, I knew I didn't want to work at Biglaw.
Anon_8:13 - Any regrets? I'm feel similar in some ways, but I'm much less averse to the work at biglaw.
How much did location factor in to your choice? My firm options are in 2 different markets as well and I think that might wind up pushing me in one direction or the other.
I don't have any regrets at all. Well, I guess I regret a little not making Biglaw bucks, but my pay difference was pretty minimal considering the markets. Actually, with adjusted cost of living in Dallas vs. D.C., even before factoring in no state income tax, I'll be taking home a decent amount more money. But no substantive regrets. I wasn't averse to Biglaw work and I enjoyed my time at the large firm until I made it down to the other firm. Then I realized what it was like to do real work and actually learn things. Additionally, the people were so much more knowledgeable and real. I couldn't see myself going to work and really connecting with the Biglaw people every day.
As for the different markets, I had ties to each, and could definitely see living in both cities. My brother lives in one city and my best friend lives in the other, and he's also a lawyer, so either way I was going to enjoy it. I think people really need to think about what makes them happy. I would recommend getting as many different experiences as possible, even interning during the year or, if your school offers clinics, getting out and working with firms or public services like the DA or something else. The way I knew I had made the right decision is because I have had enough experiences since beginning law school that I knew what made me the happiest and would teach me the most. I worked with a law professor, for a small firm, mid sized firm, and large firm, and also worked with a DA's office. After all that, I knew which was the right fit for me.