greekdebtcrisis wrote:I'm honestly looking for some transactional associate in their first to third year to tell me that they love their job and that they'd choose that job over any other job requiring their background that pays more.
I don't think most, if anyone, would take big law over another job that simply pays the same more (all else being equal), but how on earth does the background of a would be transactional associate (a liberal arts degree, a high-pain tolerance, enough debt to shackle one to the firm long enough for them to be profitable, and a pulse) qualify one for any of these non-legal careers.
You really expect anyone here to believe that your run of the mill K-JD, TFA alum, or summer backpacker, with no more than one year of law school and one summer of "legal experience" (pre-OCI), is going to be competitive for positions that often require a specific background and experience, if not an MBA as well? Does the conversation go somewhere along the lines of, "Hey, I know you've never looked at a balance sheet before, but we're really impressed with the practical and valuable skills you learned as a law student, so we'll give you 190K starting out... sounds agreeable?"
Now, if you're talking about lateral hiring, it's a little bit different, but still... "Hey, I know you've done doc review and occasionally copied and pasted statutes... and you can use excel now... we'll give you 190K starting out... sounds agreeable?"