thesealocust wrote:The vault rankings don't mean anything. Look up your firm's practice areas on Chambers & Partners, look up their clients, big deals, big litigation, etc. Research the firm's financial health and stability. Odds are you'll find overall the picture is less desirable than it is at firms with "higher" vault rankings, but there's literally
Do you know what the vault survey even is? They ask all associates to rank every firm in the country from 1 to 10 in order of PRESTIGE. That's it. Nothing else. It has literally no basis in anything except the vaguest conceptions of big firm attorneys filling out a survey full of names and ampersands they've never heard of or worked with.
You can't draw any fine distinctions between Vault rankings - they're stupid. Broadly speaking the "top" firms are "better" brands than the rest, but there is no merit whatsoever to comparing "V25" to "V100" or w/e.
Closing point: you're going to work for a private business which has hired you 2 years in advance of your start date, will pay you a 6 figure salary for your first job out of professional school, and will charge clients hundreds of dollars per hour for your services. 50,000 people started law school with you and only roughly 5,000 will ever work for a large firm. As many as half may never find worthwhile legal employment.
Think long and hard before feeling anything but awe-struck with respect to your future employer. You don't have to like it, but it's insane to have a sense of inferiority given the objective circumstances.
I appreciate this response. Despite my initial disappointment with my relative performance during OCI, I did feel very happy and pleased upon accepting the offer with my firm.
The only reason I've started to have above feelings, however, is due to reaction from my classmates and network. The vast majority of my classmates did exceedingly well at OCI (I don't know anyone without an offer, and of those with offers, about 80% are V20). My friends now look down on me because of the firm I accepted and seem to think its on a different level, not worth being included in discussions of anything next-summer related. They also often ask me if i'm going to do 3L OCI and seem to imply that my career is kind of stunted compared to theirs.
If that might seem ridiculous, I've had a slightly similar response from lawyers in my network. A connection of mine was encouraging me to do V5 this summer and even tried to pull some strings for me during recruiting. That obviously didn't work out. When I told him where I ended up accepting he was not pleased and had a hard time hiding his disappointment, and doesn't seem too enthusiastic about my prospects. I have had similar responses from a few other attorneys, one of whom said 'anywhere else would have been better', although some have been more encouraging.
Maybe i'm just surrounded by obnoxious prestige-obsessed people, but all of this is just making me think that there is a significant downside to where I will be going. Its hard, when receiving these responses, to not feel like trading-up is in my best interest, even if I am on the lucky side of law students already.