Thursday, January 05, 2006

They Really Want Me .. Now If They'll Only Pay Me

So, I had one interview at a law firm today and another with a legal recruiting firm. The recruiting firm was great. They actually specialized in recruiting legal professionals, so it was nice to talk with someone who knew all about what I had done, my school, and my old job at the corporate hell hole. The recruiting agent even had a law firm in mind that specialized in Intellectual Property that was going to need help ..... and quick. This is a new firm being started by some hotshots from some of the bigger law firms who got together. So that is looking really well.

However, the first interview went really well. This was a huge bankruptcy law firm. Now, the pay sucks ... I mean really sucks. Only $25,000.00 a year plus some overtime. Yeah ... really shitty pay. However ....

This firm wanted me for a special project. Apparently, this law firm does about 6000 bankruptcies a year; definitely high volume. Now, once a bankruptcy petition is put together, one of the partners in the firm must sign off on it. They go over the petition with a fine tooth comb to ensure all the forms are there, signed, and correct. Apparently their attorneys are swamped as it is and the partners are very hands on. This takes an assload of time and partners beings partners can be bothered or as the office manager says "Their time is valuable."

In addition, this firm seemed to be gauging my interest in taking the Georgia bar, which to be honest I really didn't have any interest in taking. However, this firm really seemed to want me to take the bar and maybe join on. I made the comment that if I did work there and a position opened up, I would definitely be interested in it. The office manager seemed to like this and she really was interested in the fact that I knew quite a bit about bankruptcy law.

So I am now in a quandry. I will call back the law firm and get some more info about their benefits package. I believe they thought that since the pay was so low, I wouldn't be interested. But this might be a great chance to get in with a huge law firm where the money will be really kick ass once I pass the bar ... oh what to do????

13 comments:

jennifer said...
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jennifer said...

good luck with that decision!

NML said...

Gosh it is a difficult one and I guess it's a weighing up the pros and cons. The lower pay means that you look past short term, to the medium and long term. Work isn't all about the money however if you can't afford to live, it will bug the fuck out of you. Get a calculator out and do some figures. Happy new year by the way. i did try to leave comments last week but I couldn't because something weird happened to the post!

Brookelina said...

I'm so happy you're back! I missed you Cincy!

A. Estella Sassypants said...

Decisions, decisions! I wish you much much luck in whatever you do. :)

DCNats said...

It seems to me like it might be worth going for it... the worst case scenerio is that you go through and pass the Georgia Bar and then the job sucks... but at least you'd have the GA Bar out of the way and it might open up another good oportunity in the future somewhere else.

yournamehere said...

Twenty-five grand? I think I make a little more than that at my monkey job, and believe it or not I think Atlanta is more expensive a place to live than Vegas.

But I'm sure with your experience and expertise, you'll be making an assload of money soon.

Cincysundevil said...

Jen-
Thanks! It's taking forever to hear back from them now!

Cincysundevil said...

NML-
Thanks! I'm trying to figure out if I can live on that or not.

Cincysundevil said...

Brooke-
It's good to be back! Missed you as well! Hey, what happened to the hot bikini pic?

Cincysundevil said...

Andi-
Thanks! It's a crazy decision to have to make

Cincysundevil said...

DCNats-
I'm kinda feeling that way too. Worst case is that I do it until I pass the bar, then I can always move on.

Cincysundevil said...

YNH-
Atlanta is a bit pricey, but I guess I was thinking Vegas was way more expensive. Plus, I'd be happy to just get some ass much less an assload of money