I have a great BigLaw job working with mostly great people in a major city (that won’t raise associate salaries anywhere near Cravath scale). I have an offer for good Biglaw firm in Austin (which is home) with much higher pay. The new job sounds like exactly where I want to take my practice, and the people seem nice. This will require me to take another bar exam. Should I stay loyal to current firm where I see an opportunity to make partner, or take a risk for higher pay, closer to home?

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Take the job and take the bar. Short term pain for long term gain. No question.

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Why’d you decide to interview? Are you going to be happy making partner at your current firm or will you still find yourself wanting to be closer to home and feeling undervalued and underpaid? Not sure what cost of living is like in your current major city, how does it compare to Austin? There’s always a risk with a new job. But your description of the Austin job (right practice focus, nice people, higher pay, it’s your home) sounds pretty appealing. The additional bar exam is nothing in the grand scheme, you’ll get past that, it’s a month of your life. And keep in mind nothing is permanent. If you hate the Austin biglaw job, you can always get another job in Austin at a smaller more lifestyle firm in a couple years, or even come back to your current city/current firm potentially if you can sell a good reason.

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Move home! TX is moving to the UBE! Should be easier!!!

Which firm in austin?

Go home 🤗

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