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Re: Thoughts on Wachtell

Postby Rlabo » Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:01 am

Do you have an interest in doing corporate m&a work (or related fields like securities lit)? If yes, you would be making a huge mistake turning them down. If, on the other hand, you wanted to do something like IP or employment, it wouldnt make much sense to go to Wachtell where that work is basically nonexistent. Try and figure out what it is you actually want to practice.

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Re: Thoughts on Wachtell

Postby Rlabo » Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:06 am

That being said, if you really don't know what you want to do, I would find it hard to believe that a Wachtell summer is going to have a hard time switching firms as a 3L should you not like m&a, so this shouldn't be a huge deal either way.

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Re: Thoughts on Wachtell

Postby run26.2 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:31 am

Rlabo wrote:That being said, if you really don't know what you want to do, I would find it hard to believe that a Wachtell summer is going to have a hard time switching firms as a 3L should you not like m&a, so this shouldn't be a huge deal either way.

This. An SA offer from Wachtell would be an indicator of desirability in a candidate.

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Re: Thoughts on Wachtell

Postby 2014 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 12:02 pm

Rlabo wrote:Do you have an interest in doing corporate m&a work (or related fields like securities lit)? If yes, you would be making a huge mistake turning them down. If, on the other hand, you wanted to do something like IP or employment, it wouldnt make much sense to go to Wachtell where that work is basically nonexistent. Try and figure out what it is you actually want to practice.

I don't know that it's fair to characterize opting out of 2-5 years in one's 20s/30s of almost literally zero life outside of work as a "huge mistake". It may be a huge mistake for those who thrive under those circumstances but that's far from everyone with a WLRK offer. Their hours are meaningfully worse than the rest of the big firms in NY.

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Re: Thoughts on Wachtell

Postby stoopkid13 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:07 pm

cjw564 wrote:Last year, every CLS kid who got wlrk offer ended at wachtell. 9/10 HLS kids who got the nod went with wachtell. The one HLS kid who gave up the wlrk offer can work at wachtell anytime she wants because her family is royalty in the American legal world. Think about why wachtell is such a common choice among tippy top students at top schools - do you think there is something special about you compared to most CLS/HLS students who got the wlrk offer. OP, you can only go wrong by doing something that is outside the norm.


Not sure where you're getting your info but 2 people from CLS turned down Wachtell last year.

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Re: Thoughts on Wachtell

Postby zhenders » Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:23 pm

cjw564 wrote:Last year, every CLS kid who got wlrk offer ended at wachtell. 9/10 HLS kids who got the nod went with wachtell. The one HLS kid who gave up the wlrk offer can work at wachtell anytime she wants because her family is royalty in the American legal world. Think about why wachtell is such a common choice among tippy top students at top schools - do you think there is something special about you compared to most CLS/HLS students who got the wlrk offer. OP, you can only go wrong by doing something that is outside the norm.


Hahaha can we all just take a moment and reflect on how utterly dumb this comment is?

"Given the nod." Brilliant.

Cool, thanks.

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Re: Thoughts on Wachtell

Postby lawlorbust » Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:15 pm

zhenders wrote:
cjw564 wrote:Last year, every CLS kid who got wlrk offer ended at wachtell. 9/10 HLS kids who got the nod went with wachtell. The one HLS kid who gave up the wlrk offer can work at wachtell anytime she wants because her family is royalty in the American legal world. Think about why wachtell is such a common choice among tippy top students at top schools - do you think there is something special about you compared to most CLS/HLS students who got the wlrk offer. OP, you can only go wrong by doing something that is outside the norm.


Hahaha can we all just take a moment and reflect on how utterly dumb this comment is?

"Given the nod." Brilliant.

Cool, thanks.


Sounds like someone all hurt he didn't get the nod :P

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Re: Thoughts on Wachtell

Postby leslieknope » Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:59 pm

Is "getting the nod" in any sense like "getting the rose?" My understanding was that they both required a similar level of willingness to publicly humiliate oneself in pursuit of a singular goal, but I defer to experts.

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Re: Thoughts on Wachtell

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:01 pm

Also turned down Wachtell offer for DC lit. I agree that the relevant question is what you want to do. If you want to do corporate or deal litigation, you'd be stupid to turn down Wachtell. If you're interested in anything else, you'd be stupid to take Wachtell.

Since you don't know what you want to do, why not split? Even if you have to go to another city for the second half of your summer, it might be worth it just to try out different firms and different types of work.

And I agree with the above poster that if you have the credentials for Wachtell, you won't have much trouble going somewhere else if you hate it that much. Why not give it a try?

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Re: Thoughts on Wachtell

Postby zhenders » Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:14 pm

lawlorbust wrote:
Sounds like someone all hurt he didn't get the nod :P


Oh yes, mos def this :roll:

No I mean, can a post fellate a firm any more than the above one though? It's just a Biglaw firm. They do great work; they have notorious hours, and pay really, really well. It's still just a firm. We really ought not to encourage the idea that it's a holy grail of any kind. Jesus people, we're talking about work here, not vacation destinations.

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Re: Thoughts on Wachtell

Postby TFALAWL » Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:18 pm

I'm going to be the first on here to call flame.



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