I worked at a small/mid-size firm in a less expensive market my 1L year. They paid ~$25/hr.
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foley overall vault rating is lower than ph but in ip they are a top 10 vault firm
I wouldn't worry so much about overall vault ranking. Practice area rankings (i.e. Chambers) makes all the difference. Assuming pay/location is the same, go to the place where you think you'd be a better fit.
what do you mean by "soft offers?" Ive heard the term, but I am just not too familiar with what it means.
A soft offer (also known as a cold offer) is where the employer officially extends you an offer, but makes very clear to you that you're not to accept it. That way, you can interview elsewhere and tell them that you received an offer, but you're not actually welcome back at the firm.
Unless you have a job lined up, this is generally a bad idea. Your job search may be out of line with the conventional hiring of most firms.
This is correct. Why graduate early? Did you already line up your job through OCI?
Profits Per Partner is probably about the best inverse measure of QOL you can find. The higher profits per partner, the more they squeeze out of each associate. Unless you're hell-bent on making partner and accumulating as much money as possible, you don't want a high-PPP firm, and if you're in a career so much for the money, you may be better suited to i-banking.
I'm not sure I believe that. Profitability is influenced by a number of factors, one of which is the amount of work associates do. But also consider billing rates, steady stream of work, high value clients, amount of dead weight in the partnership, fiscal responsibility of the firm, etc. Those are all factors that influence PPP.