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I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:17 pm

I am a junior litigator at a prestigious biglaw firm whose culture I generally like. I like one of the partners I work for very much and have been getting on more of his cases; I'd be happy working for him for the foreseeable future. However, I also have other cases with more difficult people and I'm a little afraid that I might get sucked into tough times at some point. It's hard to tell what the next six months will bring, but I'm generally pretty happy here, which I think is hard to find in biglaw.

I've been offered an interview at arguably the most prestigious firm in my state (you know the ones) but I'm not sure if I should go after it. I'm kind of tired of being on the prestige treadmill, but I've also heard that working at this firm can be great. What I really want is to work for good people and do my best to maintain a work-life balance. I sort of have that now, but I don't know if I would there. Bird in the hand versus two in the bush, I guess.

What do you guys think? I'm thinking I might do the interview and see what I think. I'd feel really bad about leaving my current position, but it's my life, so I guess I'd get over it.

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by Julius » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:21 pm

I'd take the more prestigious position. It might help you lateral to an even more prestigious position.

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:27 pm

Julius wrote:I'd take the more prestigious position. It might help you lateral to an even more prestigious position.
Haha, is this a joke? It's kind of funny.

For reference, I'm talking about moving from the ~top 15 of this ranking to the ~top 5:

http://www.vault.com/company-rankings/l ... sRankID=35

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by 84651846190 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:34 pm

You're a litigation associate. The most prestigious firms for litigation are not in the V5 (Williams & Connolly, GDC (appellate), WilmerHale (appellate), etc.).

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by sundance95 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:41 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I am a junior litigator at a prestigious biglaw firm whose culture I generally like. I like one of the partners I work for very much and have been getting on more of his cases; I'd be happy working for him for the foreseeable future. However, I also have other cases with more difficult people and I'm a little afraid that I might get sucked into tough times at some point. It's hard to tell what the next six months will bring, but I'm generally pretty happy here, which I think is hard to find in biglaw.

I've been offered an interview at arguably the most prestigious firm in my state (you know the ones) but I'm not sure if I should go after it. I'm kind of tired of being on the prestige treadmill, but I've also heard that working at this firm can be great. What I really want is to work for good people and do my best to maintain a work-life balance. I sort of have that now, but I don't know if I would there. Bird in the hand versus two in the bush, I guess.

What do you guys think? I'm thinking I might do the interview and see what I think. I'd feel really bad about leaving my current position, but it's my life, so I guess I'd get over it.
I would do the interview and see what you think. Think of it as a two-way interview where both you and the firm are evaluating each other.

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by ph14 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:44 pm

Happiness > marginal increase in prestige that isn't as important as the quality of your experience/skills

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by 84651846190 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:44 pm

ph14 wrote:Happiness > marginal increase in prestige that isn't as important as the quality of your experience/skills

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by L’Étranger » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:45 pm

This thread is super troll-y.

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

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Biglaw_Associate_V20 wrote:You're a litigation associate. The most prestigious firms for litigation are not in the V5 (Williams & Connolly, GDC (appellate), WilmerHale (appellate), etc.).
Great, I'm getting drawn into a prestige argument. Can you explain your point further? I didn't link to V5 generally, but to V5 selectivity, which IMO appears to capture the most preftigious litigation firms.

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by FSK » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:47 pm

1) Are you happy where you're currently at, preftiege notwithstanding?
2) Can you feasibly get your desired exit option from your current firm? Can you confirm this with real people who have done it?

If both yes, stay. If either no, consider interviewing to improve your situation.
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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by arklaw13 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:48 pm

If you can lateral to Munger, Irell, W&C, Wachtell, or GDC, I don't see why you wouldn't. The quality of life isn't likely to be any different than where you are now and the exit options can only get better. If nothing else take the damn interview.

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by 84651846190 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:50 pm

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Biglaw_Associate_V20 wrote:You're a litigation associate. The most prestigious firms for litigation are not in the V5 (Williams & Connolly, GDC (appellate), WilmerHale (appellate), etc.).
Great, I'm getting drawn into a prestige argument. Can you explain your point further? I didn't link to V5 generally, but to V5 selectivity, which IMO appears to capture the most preftigious litigation firms.
None of this rankings shit matters for litigation anyway. It doesn't affect your exit options. Your GPA/clerkship matter more than firm name for highly competitive litigation exit options. Hiring attorneys in the DOJ are not going to drop their panties because you worked at Cravath. They want to see great grades, prestigious clerkship, and good litigation experience (especially trial experience).

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by 84651846190 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:51 pm

arklaw13 wrote:If you can lateral to Munger, Irell, W&C, Wachtell, or GDC, I don't see why you wouldn't. The quality of life isn't likely to be any different than where you are now and the exit options can only get better. If nothing else take the damn interview.
The exit options are not better. They are the same.

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by FSK » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:56 pm

Biglaw_Associate_V20 wrote:
arklaw13 wrote:If you can lateral to Munger, Irell, W&C, Wachtell, or GDC, I don't see why you wouldn't. The quality of life isn't likely to be any different than where you are now and the exit options can only get better. If nothing else take the damn interview.
The exit options are not better. They are the same.
Likelyhood of partnership might change. Not that it gets feasible or that you actually want it though.
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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by run26.2 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:05 pm

If you are generally pretty happy, why would you change? If you have a relatively good work-life balance now (I'm assuming you think you do given that you're relatively happy), the firms at the top of your list are unlikely to present an improvement there.

It seems to make no sense unless you derive enough happiness from the prestige of your firm to offset whatever loss of work-life balance you would find if you switched. Most people would say this trade-off is not worth it. But for some, it is. Only you can answer the question for yourself.

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by gk101 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:13 pm

arklaw13 wrote:If you can lateral to Munger, Irell, W&C, Wachtell, or GDC, I don't see why you wouldn't. The quality of life isn't likely to be any different than where you are now and the exit options can only get better. If nothing else take the damn interview.
This is terrible logic. The exit opportunities stay relatively same. The small benefit of increased lay preftige alone is not worth it to transfer if you are currently happy. Focus on things like whether the type of work you will be doing at the new firm is significantly better

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by tachikara » Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:02 pm

Don't some of these firms pay much more than others? That may be a big factor

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by dixiecupdrinking » Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:22 pm

If you can think of a concrete reason to do it, then sure. If it's just for a 10 spot jump in a Vault sub-ranking then you'd be a fool. All things equal you should stick with the devil you know, especially if you're actually pretty satisfied with it, which as you note is pretty unusual.

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by jbagelboy » Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:05 am

Usually the argument for starting at a prestigious firm (V10, W&C, Munger, ect) is that then you can lateral down to a senior position at a slightly lower tier firm, either for QoL, specific practice group strength or partnership prospects.

I can't really see how the same reasoning applies for lateraling "up". It's so infrequent - unless after a clerkship or into a boutique - that it hardly comes up so it's tough to gauge.

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by Kikero » Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:28 am

L’Étranger wrote:This thread is super troll-y.
Referring to Vault as "this ranking" and referring to firms as preftigious? Seems legit.

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by boozehound » Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:31 am

Kikero wrote:
L’Étranger wrote:This thread is super troll-y.
Referring to Vault as "this ranking" and referring to firms as preftigious? Seems legit.
No doubt! I'm a big time litigator...but can't wipe my own ass. Any thoughts????

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Re: I'm relatively happy. Should I prestige-up?

Post by dixiecupdrinking » Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:40 am

You'd be surprised. Being able to wipe your own ass is not a prerequisite for getting a job at Skadden LA or whatever.

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