Please Help With Deciding - In House $95k, V20 180k, midsize 120k (diff cities)

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Re: Please Help With Deciding - In House $95k, V20 180k, midsize 120k (diff cities)

Postby RaceJudicata » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:34 pm

unlicensedpotato wrote:I think people are under-emphasizing the fact that OP hated big law as a summer. If you were an SA at a V20 and said, this isn't for me, I don't think you're going to be happy putting in 2-4 years as an associate.


Tbf, OP didn't say he or she hated it - just that they were unsure if they "want that life."

That said, your point is still probably true -- if being a summer doesn't peak your interest, then being an associate certainly won't.

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Re: Please Help With Deciding - In House $95k, V20 180k, midsize 120k (diff cities)

Postby lolwat » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:53 pm

RaceJudicata wrote:
unlicensedpotato wrote:I think people are under-emphasizing the fact that OP hated big law as a summer. If you were an SA at a V20 and said, this isn't for me, I don't think you're going to be happy putting in 2-4 years as an associate.


Tbf, OP didn't say he or she hated it - just that they were unsure if they "want that life."

That said, your point is still probably true -- if being a summer doesn't peak your interest, then being an associate certainly won't.


Maybe OP can elaborate on what aspect of "that life" they don't like. It seemed like the long hours and stress, but who knows.

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Re: Please Help With Deciding - In House $95k, V20 180k, midsize 120k (diff cities)

Postby Danger Zone » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:08 pm

RaceJudicata wrote:
unlicensedpotato wrote:I think people are under-emphasizing the fact that OP hated big law as a summer. If you were an SA at a V20 and said, this isn't for me, I don't think you're going to be happy putting in 2-4 years as an associate.


Tbf, OP didn't say he or she hated it - just that they were unsure if they "want that life."

That said, your point is still probably true -- if being a summer doesn't peak your interest, then being an associate certainly won't.

Pique, man. Pique.

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Re: Please Help With Deciding - In House $95k, V20 180k, midsize 120k (diff cities)

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:22 pm

OP here, thanks for all of your replies. It's nice to hear from others that turning down the V20 wouldn't be a monumental mistake.

I should clarify that I didn't really hate the law firm, but did have concerns about working there as an actual attorney. For one, it's in a major market and I'm not a city person. I like the freedom of having a car and being able to get away from the city (which is definitely possible in the secondary market). Two, I don't want to get sucked up in the hours/deal prestige/partner track rat race. I'm okay with working hard but I'm not ready to give my life up for a firm.

I find this in house work very interesting and the work/life balance is incredible. But this company also let a bunch of attorneys go during the 2008 crisis, and they operate pretty leanly, so I'd feel less job secure than I would at an established firm (Lathaming notwithstanding). What happens if I take the in house position and they lay me off 16 months in, without any substantial enough experience to try and find something somewhere else? This is what's leading me to consider the midsize firm. Also, fwiw I do have an interview at a midsize in the secondary market that pays $140k.




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