I got my monthly issue of the ABA Journal yesterday. There’s an interesting article how many top students from our country’s most prestigious law schools are turning down the lucrative offers of big time law firms and instead opting to work at small firms.
The people interviewed had a common reason: more autonomy and more interesting work. While you may make tons of money working at a big firm, you’ll probably be spending your time doing document reviews for senior attorneys for the next five years. Doesn’t sound very exciting. However, the opportunities to get into court and work with clients one on one are more available at smaller firms. The trade off, of course, is the cut in salary.
So, in the end, the decision comes down to what you value. If you don’t mind doing boring work for lots of money, then by all means go for the big firm job. However, if you want to be more involved in your work, take the pay cut and work for a smaller firm.
What do you all think?