TheDogWhisperer wrote:I mentioned to a partner/recruiter once that I was interested in these area and he laughed and said "its just law with different clients".
Not sure what the point of this is. Of course its law, and i'm pretty sure who your clients are matters more than almost anything else in determining how much you like your job, after the top-level of what the job entails (i.e. lit, transactional, etc).
One of the things I realized during my 2L summer is that I had no interest in working for big banks or PE funds. I think a lot of law students/lawyers fail to take advantage of one very unique element of legal practice, which is that you almost have a blank slate to pick a new industry to go into once you graduate. Sure, you're a lawyer, but the industry that makes up your client-base is largely within your control as a young lawyer. Like tech? go to silicon valley and work for Cooley or something. wish you were a banker? go to skadden and do M&A. Should have gone into energy/oil? Head down to texas and try one of those firms.
Too many lawyers get caught up in name-brand firms and vault rankings without thinking about who they'll really be working for. Find your passion in the client-base and substantive work and build your career that way. I guarantee the guy who figured out he really likes project finance and is at milbank doesn't give a shit he couldn't get V5.