Well, for both of them I want to be doing high-level interesting work. I also want to be at a place where the people are uniformly intelligent and interesting. Furthermore, I want to be somewhere where I feel some job security - ie the firm isn't going to push back start dates, cancel its sumer program, no-offer summers, etc.
Cleary, specifically, I am interested in the international practice, quirky-environment, flexibility, diversity, and women's initiatives.
Cravath, specifically, I like the rotation system where I get to work with one partner, the extremely high level of responsibility I get as a young associate, and the prestige/exit opportunities that Cravath on the resume would afford me.
I know that I want to be at a large NYC law firm, I have no problem working a lot (although I do want to be able to take vacation and have some time to see family and friends), and I think eventually I would like to make partner at a large NYC firm, although that is subject to change.
Now OldCraig, I'm really looking forward to hearing your reasons/opinion not to go to either of these firms and I'm also curious where you would go instead. Thanks!