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Does higher vault ranking (v10-30 compared to v80-100) open more doors for corporate in-house opportunities for a senior associate? If chambers practice area rankings and expected billable hours are similar and they offer the same DPW pay scale, does it matter less? Is it better to stay at/lateral to a firm where you might be able last longer to learn the necessary skills? Any personal anecdote or advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

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This is going to be entirely context dependent. If you want to go in house at FAANG (or at any notable tech company or startup), then doing tech trans at Gunderson or Fenwick is going to prep you way more for those positions than just cranking through a V10 NY pubco M&A practice. If you want to do in house finance work at a bank or a distressed company shop then those same V10s in NY have top shelf finance/restructuring practices. Then we get into geographical preference — do you want to be in CA (of which the market preference will change your choice of practice drastically; way more tech in SF, no entertainment work outside of LA, SD is beautiful but a chiefly biotech/defense/Qualcomm town), NY, TX, etc.

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Thanks. FAANG won’t be feasible at least in the immediate future for me given my work experience and currently available options. Sounds like a firm’s specific practice area reputation matters more than the general vault ranking which might overlap at times.

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My 2 cents - contacts with the hiring peraon in legal and execs count much more. So does your years out and relevant experience. I could train people and i already have to train them on how our forms risk tolerance and co depts work. So big law didnt impress me much there.

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