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Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby scifiguy » Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:39 pm

Do you guys find a "keeping up with the Jones'" mentality prevalent in biglaw at all?

Is there pressure to lead or look like you lead a certain lifestyle? Does one have to drive a nice car, live in a nice home/apt, etc.? Are there extravagent parties and events you feel pressured to attend with others? In short, is there a kind of image game that's played at all?

Can a person who is just very humble/modest in his or her lifestyle fit in well?

Appreciate the perspective and thanks for your time! :)

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby Bronte » Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:55 pm

This is a very remote concern for you. The short answer is no, you don't have to be a fancy person to work in big law.

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby stillwater » Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:08 pm

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby redbullvodka » Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:09 pm

Bronte wrote:This is a very remote concern for you. The short answer is no, you don't have to be a fancy person to work in big law.


+1. No personal experience, but Rodgin Cohen provides a good anecdote for you. Multiple WSJ/NYT articles have painted him as a very humble, same-routine-for-years kind of guy, and he's literally a living biglaw legend. See, e.g., any bank left standing after the financial crisis.

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby Tom Joad » Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:10 pm

What is the point of BIGLAW if you plan on living like a prole?

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby Icculus » Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:26 pm

scifiguy wrote:Do you guys find a "keeping up with the Jones'" mentality prevalent in biglaw at all?

Is there pressure to lead or look like you lead a certain lifestyle? Does one have to drive a nice car, live in a nice home/apt, etc.? Are there extravagent parties and events you feel pressured to attend with others? In short, is there a kind of image game that's played at all?

Can a person who is just very humble/modest in his or her lifestyle fit in well?

Appreciate the perspective and thanks for your time! :)


Honestly, I have never felt as bad about myself or my upbringing as I have the last few weeks of my SA. I mean, the way these biglaw lawyers talk, throw money around, mock my Macy's shoes and jacket I feel worthless. I mean everyone here is in a $2K suit and wears bling the likes of which is only rivaled by rap videos. Seriously, if you want to just be a normal person biglaw isn't for you.

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby Gunnar Stahl » Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:36 pm

Image

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby Lacepiece23 » Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:46 pm

Working an SA right now and answer is no. Everyone is pretty chill. You can get a nice suit for cheap. Beyond that are people really going to check the parking lot to make sure your driving German?

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby stillwater » Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:54 pm

Lacepiece23 wrote:Working an SA right now and answer is no. Everyone is pretty chill. You can get a nice suit for cheap. Beyond that are people really going to check the parking lot to make sure your driving German?


definitely

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby scifiguy » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:01 pm

Ghost93 wrote:Image


Oh, HI FANS! :lol:

I'd sign autographs today, but so many places to be and things to do...got to go, but maybe next time!

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby stillwater » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:03 pm

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby scifiguy » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:04 pm

stillwater wrote:you make people SICK


Hey....really?

Like really really???

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby scifiguy » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:08 pm

Icculus wrote:
scifiguy wrote:Do you guys find a "keeping up with the Jones'" mentality prevalent in biglaw at all?

Is there pressure to lead or look like you lead a certain lifestyle? Does one have to drive a nice car, live in a nice home/apt, etc.? Are there extravagent parties and events you feel pressured to attend with others? In short, is there a kind of image game that's played at all?

Can a person who is just very humble/modest in his or her lifestyle fit in well?

Appreciate the perspective and thanks for your time! :)


Honestly, I have never felt as bad about myself or my upbringing as I have the last few weeks of my SA. I mean, the way these biglaw lawyers talk, throw money around, mock my Macy's shoes and jacket I feel worthless. I mean everyone here is in a $2K suit and wears bling the likes of which is only rivaled by rap videos. Seriously, if you want to just be a normal person biglaw isn't for you.


I'm a Banana Republic type of guy.

Couldn't tell if you were besing serious or facetious above. :P

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby chuckbass » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:09 pm

scifiguy wrote:
Ghost93 wrote:Image


Oh, HI FANS! :lol:

I'd sign autographs today, but so many places to be and things to do...got to go, but maybe next time!

He doesn't even go here!

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby Kafkaesquire » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:12 pm

stillwater wrote:please please stop

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby traehekat » Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:10 pm

I actually love this guy.

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby swc65 » Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:22 pm

traehekat wrote:I actually love this guy.



Me too! So do the people asking OP to stop. They know that by posting they raise the OP and attract attention. :)


FWIT, I have noticed that 1/2 yrs act like theyre making min wage at McDonald's or something. I don't start 'til Sept. but Ive done a budget and it aint that bad. I guess a lot of people fall into to "oh noez I gotta live like a miser to pay off the most flexible and least consequential debt in existence (AKA student loans)" trap.

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby PRgradBYU » Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:01 pm

scifiguy wrote:
Icculus wrote:
scifiguy wrote:Do you guys find a "keeping up with the Jones'" mentality prevalent in biglaw at all?

Is there pressure to lead or look like you lead a certain lifestyle? Does one have to drive a nice car, live in a nice home/apt, etc.? Are there extravagent parties and events you feel pressured to attend with others? In short, is there a kind of image game that's played at all?

Can a person who is just very humble/modest in his or her lifestyle fit in well?

Appreciate the perspective and thanks for your time! :)


Honestly, I have never felt as bad about myself or my upbringing as I have the last few weeks of my SA. I mean, the way these biglaw lawyers talk, throw money around, mock my Macy's shoes and jacket I feel worthless. I mean everyone here is in a $2K suit and wears bling the likes of which is only rivaled by rap videos. Seriously, if you want to just be a normal person biglaw isn't for you.


I'm a Banana Republic type of guy.

Couldn't tell if you were besing serious or facetious above. :P


Image

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby californiauser » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:30 am

Tom Joad wrote:What is the point of BIGLAW if you plan on living like a prole?


Living within your means is not prole.

Buying $2000 suits when you have $200k+ debt is striver and stems from prole thinking.

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby scifiguy » Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:52 am

Related to this, do a lot of biglaw attorneys either go broke or struggle with finances, due to mismanaging their money the way many professional athletes do (e.g. around 70% of all NBA players are broke after retirement, despite having earned millions)?

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby WhiteyCakes » Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:02 am

Ghost93 wrote:Image

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby smaug_ » Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:17 am

WhiteyCakes wrote:
Ghost93 wrote:Image

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby rad lulz » Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:26 am

hibiki wrote:
WhiteyCakes wrote:
Ghost93 wrote:Image

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby PRgradBYU » Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:22 am

rad lulz wrote:
hibiki wrote:
WhiteyCakes wrote:
Ghost93 wrote:Image

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Re: Biglaw Professional Image?

Postby Balthy » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:45 pm

PRgradBYU wrote:Image




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