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Anonymous User wrote:S&C corporate 3rd year here. Happy to answer any specific questions, but short answer is that the S&C culture has been fine in my experience and the generalist approach is a real thing that I have personally found valuable (i.e. I have done m&a, credit, cap markets, bank regulation all in the last year).
Among our peer firms, I think the similarities are much greater than the differences'and splitting hairs between them is a waste of your time. Though our office is downtown so that's a material upside (midtown blows).
Only warning is that if your interested in lit you will work hard -- lit has been slammed for a few years now. Much more than corp.
And lol at the chorus of non-S&C posters opining on how terrible the firm is.
OP here. Thank you kindly for taking the time to offer your insight. I do have a few pretty straightforward questions if you have time to answer:
(1) do you have a significant other and/or kids, and if so, have you been able to devote adequate time to those relationships? (i.e. like a couple hours per night and most weekends)
(2) Are you able to average at least six hours of sleep per night?
(3) Do you think your answer to either question would be different if you were in lit rather than corp? [I'm not set on either at this point; I've heard corp hours are less consistent than lit on a month-to-month basis]
Am married but no kids. I do not have dinner with my spouse most weeknights, but I guess if you wanted to eat at 9pm you could do it. Generally fine to work from home in the evening and take a 30 min dinner break but depends on the matter and the team. My spouse also works a high intensity job (with a lot of travel) and we're fine not spending time together on weeknights.
I wouldn't want this job with kids but I don't think S&C is different from any peer firm in this respect.
Yes, I get 6 hours of sleep. You can work yourself to death if you want but you but you can also manage your workload (to a degree) if you're strategic.
At a high level, S&C lit is busier right now and over past couple of years than corp (partly because summers get to choose what they want, and tend to select corp over lit). Also at a high level, lit tends to be more predictable than corp on day to day basis. Don't think my answers would change too much if I were lit, though some on margins as you would expect.
Thank you! (not OP, but the none-NY anon)
Can I ask you why you chose/choose to stay at S&C? My understanding is that you get paid marginally more than peer/lower ranked firms, but work a lot more hours; what makes it worth it for you?
S&C anon again.
Why did I choose S&C and why so I stay? S&C has a much broader range of practices than its peer firms (when I say peer firms I mean in terms of PPP and RPL). If you're interested at being a top nyc transactional practice (with all the upside and downside that has), S&C has the advantage of opening up opportunities in a huge variety of practice areas beyond that of our peers (ie don't go to Cravath if you want to do finance; STB doesn't have bank regulatory work; DPW M&a is much weaker than S&C, etc).
I'm still here because I actually think the culture is fairly good (the generalist thing matters, and there are lots of partners and associates who care about your intellectual development as a lawyer) and because the exit options are amazing.
It sounds like you're choosing between NYC big law vs secondary/tertiary market. That is an much more personal decision than between, say, cravath and s&c. However -- and I realize this won't resonate for some -- being at a large, "super rich" firm (see the AM Law articles on this term), is a unique opportunity to begin your legal training. You'll never have another chance to see these types of transactions or learn from this caliber of lawyer at a Pittsburgh firm. Also don't discount the security of working for a firm with a stable (and rich) equity partnership that isn't eat what you kill (we are a very lightly modified lockstep). There is a level of collegiality here that I don't think is true at firms where partners are scraping and competing for business. people don't get pushed out at S&C because the firm had a down year.
At least this has been my experience.