proleteriate wrote:Anonymous User wrote:I'm a non-trad DJ clerk (did a couple years of irrelevant stuff, then 2-year DJ clerkship, also I had terrible grades). I could only target one major market city for personal reasons and was having no luck. I gave up on big law after getting what seems like a couple dozen rejections and focused on smaller places. Got an offer a couple of weeks ago from a boutique firm that I really like. The pay is far less than I want and expected, but I think I'm going to take it because the experience seems incredible.
I'm kind of disappointed but I think my expectations were a little unrealistic.
how much lower is the salary? Below 6 figures? Also how hard was it to get the boutique offer? Did you feel like ur clerkship ensured it, or did they just need someone and didn't care about ur clerking experience?
I'm the quoted anon.
The salary was approx. $110-20 with bonuses that ranged from a few thousand to allegedly $50k for one associate last year. (I have no reason to believe they were lying, but I still took everything with a grain of salt.) The billables were bad - at least 2K min with 2,100 "strongly suggested."
I don't think a clerkship guarantees anything, but they certainly liked it. One partner asked me something to the effect of, "Why are you interviewing here and not just walking into any big law firm you want?" Everyone I interviewed with asked tons of questions about it and a few of the senior associates mentioned how badly they wanted to clerk but never got the chance.
I actually ended up getting an offer from a biglaw office through a friend so I turned down the boutique offer. So, there's a data point for you.