skers wrote:It isn't a big a deal and no one really cares what summers do. As for long-lasting effects, lol. I'd be surprised if anyone even remembers the day off half-way through the summer. It's shitty solely for the fact you don't get to enjoy your wedding as much as you would otherwise w/r/t taking time off and a honeymoon and all that, but the 10 week interview stuff and blowback inferences here are hilarious.
I disagree; again, context matters. Taking a day off for a wedding? No problem at all imo. Taking a day off right after the long July 4th weekend for an anniversary? I personally wouldn't. I think that does reflect negatively on a person and a SA position is absolutely a 10 week interview...what did you think it was? The biggest knock against SAs, for why they get dinged, often times is lack of professionalism, not actually poor work product.
My comments are based on my own experiences summering at two separate biglaw firms and then as an associate at a biglaw firm. I also know the opinions of some of my colleagues in biglaw, anywhere from junior associates to partners, and their opinions on this vary. But the fact that it varies should say enough...why risk incurring points against you by some attorneys for no reason? Never know whose opinion carries more weight.
To clarify, again, for wedding? No problem! Huge event that no one would hold against you at all. In fact, if you ONLY took one day off for your wedding, I would almost be impressed! But, referring to OP's actual situation, taking an extra day off after an already long weekend to essentially play? It'd hurt him a tad, which may not matter in most cases, but would if the SA were on the bubble.
Maybe NYC firms differ from TX firms, though I would imagine TX firms are only more chill. People there were all great and very nice, whereas my dealings with NYC biglaw attorneys stressed me out for sure. But NYC might mean each individual flies under the radar that much more, shrugs. Just my 2 cents.