jbagelboy wrote: Anonymous User wrote: Anonymous User wrote: jbagelboy wrote: Anonymous User wrote:
jbagelboy wrote:Wachtell seems obvious. The other two firms are in a different bucket
But there is literally zero work life balance at Wachtell. There's more of a semblance of work life balance at CSM and S&C
You're only doing it for 2-3 years (and you can retire from biglaw earlier at Wachtell). Anyone going into M&A at these firms has accepted a degree of sadism and a socially noxious approach to work. Any differences are so vastly outstripped by opportunity
and compensation. It's not like CSM and S&C come close to being lifestyle firms, and there's no incremental justice here.
By opportunity, do you mean exit options? Are they significantly better at WLRK?
I feel like beside the $$$ and prestige, there's really nothing that makes WLRK stand out. People treat it like it's above CSM and S&C, but I'm not sure that's true
It's substantially more difficult to get hired at Wachtell than CSM/DPW/STB/S&C, which have largely interchangeable summer class composition year over year. So the caliber of the average associate at Wachtell is higher, the partnership prospects are brighter, the density of highest profile/most interesting work is slightly higher, and yes exits can be faster (not materially different, but faster than at other V5's).
As rpupkin notes, the real fantasy in threads like this (which is obsolete btw, OP reached a decision) is that S&C and Cravath are somehow more comparable to Wachtell than their peers firms.
Well, it's also substantially more difficult to get hired at Susman Godfrey than it is to get hired at CSM/DPW/STB/S&C. That doesn't mean that Susman is the better firm for someone who wants to go in-house. (Hint: It's not.)
The whole point is that Wachtell is basically an M&A boutique. Yes, they're very selective, they're excellent at what they do, and they pay very well. But in terms of skills developed, a would-be in-house lawyer would be better served by going to CSM (and probably S&C). The money might make WLRK worth it anyway, but let's not delude ourselves into thinking that there's any other reason for a future in-house lawyer to prefer WLRK.
BTW, not sure that CSM/DPW/STB/S&C have largely interchangeable summer class composition anymore. Looking at my T6 school's OCI stats, that appears to be true before CSM took the #1 Vault spot, but yields for this past year were substantially higher at CSM than DPW, STB, and S&C. (In fact, CSM yields were even higher than WLRK yields, though the small sample size for WLRK makes this a noisy estimate.) Perhaps this was just a fluke, but maybe not.