Are the people you work with T14ers or are they top 1/4 students from local schools? What kind of people get midlaw jobs?
Uh Huh has sold me on midlaw.Assuming I can find one with a proper salary in my secondary market of choice.Sounds heavenly, though, compared to all of the horror stories about biglaw. Really makes you wonder why so many people submit to the punishment. I guess prestige and lateraling opportunities do say a lot.
I think it's all about competition. . . . I don't think many students realize what they are getting into and/or choose to ignore reality.
Quote from: Nudum Pactum on February 18, 2009, 07:34:31 PMI think it's all about competition. . . . I don't think many students realize what they are getting into and/or choose to ignore reality. I think that when one has not worked in the pressure-cooker before, it's impossible to really know how draining and miserable it can be. See, I fell for the money/prestige thing, too, when I was 22. I spent 12 years in a highly competitive, corporate-climbing, ulcer-causing business before I went to law school, and I was well aware of the contract I'd be signing with the devil if I went into BigLaw. I redefined what "success" meant to me when I began law school - it is no longer about getting to the top of some perceived mountain or "winning" or being "prestigeous" or even making a crap-load of money. Success for me now is about constantly learning new things, doing excellent work for my clients, and being respected by my colleagues for the product I put out. I trust that the money will come with the quality of my output, and I will be able to pay my bills comfortably. So in seeking to fulfill my new definition of success, I looked for a firm that matched my goals, and it so happened that MidLaw was where I found that (and I was prepared to take a job in SmallLaw if necessary to find the right match). I have the benefit of past experience that guided me in my choices. I believe that is why many of my younger brethren do not quite understand what they will be sacraficing for a BigLaw job.
I'm really interested in the above question too. Also, are the people who get biglaw (say top 10% or whatever) the ones who have the ability to get midlaw or do midlaw firms go deeper in to the class. I'm talking about non-T14 students.