Anonymous User wrote:
JohannDeMann wrote:it's not which is why i try to tell people on this site T14 -> biglaw is a fool's errand if you have a good GPA these days.
Honest question - in your opinion, what are the better options coming out of a T14 if you have a good GPA besides BigLaw? Especially if you want comparable (within reason) compensation? How competitive would these positions be?
I really, really like my job at a small firm. But law students have true colors, and those true colors involve a lot of ego and prestige-whoring. As a 3L, I was talking about a certain area of substantive law with a person who was going to Chicago biglaw (where she still is). When I described a case I worked on as an SA, she dismissively waved her hand at the notion of this experience being at all applicable to her future practice and stated, "But where I'm going, we work on much bigger cases." Of course, she wilted under my follow-up question about whether that affected the substantive law at all (hint: it didn't). She just wanted to get the dig in, justify her decision, remind herself and me of the supposed prestige of her job.
I was talking about client contact with yet another Chicago biglawyer, and he just busts out of left field with, "Well, it's different with our clients because they actually have real money."
I'm sure those folks would have found themselves far above my job when I started out as an associate in flyover country making around a third NYC biglaw pay. (Yes, cost of living is low, but those student loan payments don't scale with CoL!) As a partner, I now make more than either of the two aforementioned people and any other associate in Chicago for that matter (I think?) and on par with senior associates after bonuses in NYC. I work 45 hours a week or so unless I have trial. I do varied work that, overall, ranges from tolerable to interesting. Life is good. If I were vindictive, I'd say I got the last laugh, but I don't care if they go on to be wildly successful all the same. Some people are just like that; and it turns out that law school attracts those people.