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Has anyone switched from the big 4 to a law firm? If so, when and why? Was it worth it? What kind of law firm did you switch to? And did you feel overly prepared or under prepared?

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I switched from big law to big 4 but while in big law worked with some people who had come from big 4. However, I’ll note that these people had previously worked in big law before going into big 4. I think it’s more difficult to switch into big law without any prior firm experience, and I think you’d likely have to take a cut in years (meaning if you have 3 years of experience at big 4, I think it’s unlikely they’d let you start as a third gear at a big firm). I think the people I worked with switched for more money (which came with many more hours). I switched to big 4 to have better work/life balance.

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I started off at Grant Thornton in tax (was #5 at time, don’t know where they stand now) right out of undergrad and the hours were worse there than in Big Law. I also just had a really terrible boss that expected me to be in the office at 8am even after I’d been there until 2am the night before only to sit and twiddle my thumbs waiting on Fed to get me income at 6pm as they were out the door and i was just getting started on billing. I’m pretty sure it’s not like that everywhere... but I’m happier by far in my Big Law position.

I did! Definitely worth it, I’ve grown much more as an attorney at a law firm compared to my time at a Big 4. I felt under prepared, but lucked out and have had really great mentors at my firm who have taught me loads

I’m being promoted to sr associate and am considering making the switch to big law. How long were you in big 4 before switching, and when do you think is the most appropriate time to make the switch (in terms of years or level)?

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