3L w/ In-House vs. Big Law Opportunity- Help Plz!

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Re: 3L w/ In-House vs. Big Law Opportunity- Help Plz!

Postby foregetaboutdre » Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:27 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Hi! I'm a graduating 3L in NYC. I currently have two opportunties that I'd love some input on.

I had an in-house summer associate position through which I received a long term offer. However, during the summer I found the work unfufilling and the lifestyle to be boring. Fast track to 3L OCI, I was able to land a big law position.

While I believe that the partner track is best for me and I would gain great experience, I'd still like to know if I'd be missing out on something by not going in-house. The numbers are as follows:

$140K, hefty signing bonus, end of year bonus $20K
9-5 hours, 30 vacation days, 401K & health insurance
Edit: incremental increase in salary & position (AVP --> VP --> MD --> ED)

Big Law:
$175K, no signing bonus, but Bar fees paid for, 1st year bonus likely $15K
big law hours, 21 vacation days, 401K & health insurance
Edit: normal big law ladder

As someone who is going into private practice....you are insane if you turn down the in-house job IMO.

Law firm work (even this is debatable) may be more fun, but it wreaks havoc on your personal life (as far as I can tell). I've heard stories of having to cancel vacations, having difficulty dating/having to cancel dates, not being able to exercise, and not being able to have any meaningful hobbies.

That in-house gig comes with some serious cash as well...

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Re: 3L w/ In-House vs. Big Law Opportunity- Help Plz!

Postby Yugihoe » Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:29 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Where the hell are these positions and where do I find them? :D

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Re: 3L w/ In-House vs. Big Law Opportunity- Help Plz!

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:08 am

Anonymous User wrote:Finishing up stub year now and if I had the chance I would jump on that job and not look back. Don’t underestimate the value of your free time.


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