SA • V100 or Boutique

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SA • V100 or Boutique

Postby JO 14 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:34 pm

Looking for attorneys (or grads) that might be able to guide me through this SA quandary.

Choices are a V100 with a 94.7% offer rate (typically 20 SAs) — against a well-established boutique (~50 attorneys) with 3-4 SAs, offer rate unknown… if 3 of 4 are offered 75% (so a bit misleading). This year the SA count was to be 4 but one reneged (received last minute SA in their home market) so only 3.

Per your experience, as an SA what was the upside of choosing a boutique? Working with partners would seemingly be an upside (is it?). The carrot to me is making partner in 4-6 years… this seems to be this firm’s culture (current 1:1 partner to associate ratio). I counted a lot of partners at the V100 too. Is there a huge income difference between boutique partner vs. V100 partner?

Has anyone here had to make this choice? If so, how and what did you decide? How did it turn out? Any regrets? If you chose boutique how was the SA work? Ditto question if you chose V100. Perhaps my perception of BL is incorrectly skewed . . . V100 is often doc review and working with Boutique partners is somehow more interesting.

Has anyone lateraled from boutique to V100, or vice versa? I take it lateraling from V to B is easier to do?

All I know to add is that V100 pays slightly more. If it matters, B is officed on two floors, V is much larger.

I asked this same question on a school forum thread and the majority focused on “offered” and V100 was the almost unanimous choice. Your guidance is appreciated.

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Re: SA • V100 or Boutique

Postby ph14 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:34 pm

JO 14 wrote:Looking for attorneys (or grads) that might be able to guide me through this SA quandary.

Choices are a V100 with a 94.7% offer rate (typically 20 SAs) — against a well-established boutique (~50 attorneys) with 3-4 SAs, offer rate unknown… if 3 of 4 are offered 75% (so a bit misleading). This year the SA count was to be 4 but one reneged (received last minute SA in their home market) so only 3.

Per your experience, as an SA what was the upside of choosing a boutique? Working with partners would seemingly be an upside (is it?). The carrot to me is making partner in 4-6 years… this seems to be this firm’s culture (current 1:1 partner to associate ratio). I counted a lot of partners at the V100 too. Is there a huge income difference between boutique partner vs. V100 partner?

Has anyone here had to make this choice? If so, how and what did you decide? How did it turn out? Any regrets? If you chose boutique how was the SA work? Ditto question if you chose V100. Perhaps my perception of BL is incorrectly skewed . . . V100 is often doc review and working with Boutique partners is somehow more interesting.

Has anyone lateraled from boutique to V100, or vice versa? I take it lateraling from V to B is easier to do?

All I know to add is that V100 pays slightly more. If it matters, B is officed on two floors, V is much larger.

I asked this same question on a school forum thread and the majority focused on “offered” and V100 was the almost unanimous choice. Your guidance is appreciated.


You're in luck, this question was very recently asked! See here for more information: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=208837

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Re: SA • V100 or Boutique

Postby JO 14 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:37 pm

ph14 wrote:You're in luck, this question was very recently asked!

I know I asked the question!! :)

I just wanted a perspective from an attorney or grad who faced the same quandary.

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Re: SA • V100 or Boutique

Postby soccerfreak » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:38 pm

ph14 wrote:
JO 14 wrote:


You're in luck, this question was very recently asked! See here for more information: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=208837

Well done.

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Re: SA • V100 or Boutique

Postby rad lulz » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:41 pm

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Re: SA • V100 or Boutique

Postby JO 14 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:38 pm

Just checking for the advice of attorneys who can lend their expertise. I thought there was an "ask an attorney" section on TLS... guess not.




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