Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Damn, that's a hot clerkship

It started with a few mass e-mails. Then a few targeted e-mails. And now the postal onslaught has begun. That's right, it's December, so legal employers are trying to woo (or reject) the 1Ls with varying tactics. The different styles of the firms has reminded me of various dating tactics:

Tactic 1: Showing some skin.
Firm A is employing the classic "look at me! look at me!" move, having already sent out two e-mails and a full color brochure in the mail.

Tactic 2: Playing hard to get
Firm B sent a letter basically saying "yeah, we got your resume, and if we have time we *might* look at it, and if we do that we *might* ask you to interview. We'll get back to you."

Tactic 3: Flat-out rejection
You always want what you can't have, and that is what made firm C's letter so special. The gist of it was "You want a position here? Ha! Get back to us when you're a 2L, loser."

Tactic 4: Buying me drinks
Firms A, D, and E are having firm receptions in Austin. And we all know that every summer associate positions appears cuter, funnier, and smarter after a few drinks.

Clearly, tactic 4 is the most useful. Other firms: take note.

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At 3:50 PM, December 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't interpret #2 as playing hard to get. There's a 95 percent chance that firm is telling you 'no way in hell' in polite form.

At 4:20 PM, December 06, 2006, Blogger The Lioness said...

Ah, yes, but there is a 5% chance that they'll say something else. Besides, I needed another category ;-)

At 8:18 PM, December 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 percent might even be optimistic. Check out the posts about rejection letters on Longhorn Law.

But good luck with the job search.

At 7:23 AM, December 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so far, my favorite is: "our summer associate class was oversubscribed by 2Ls but please come in for 4 hours of interviews and a lunch." You know, just for shits and giggles.

At 10:36 AM, December 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, we officially have a new winner for lamest 1L recruitment tactic:

"Hey 1L from the West Coast!

Are you a minority? Cause if so you should come to our reception in Seattle. Not a minority? Oh...well, could you tell your minority friends about it then? Thanks."

At 11:36 AM, December 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

which firm sent that?

At 2:19 PM, December 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Preston Gates & Ellis

At 3:49 PM, December 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose they have to make up for hiring Jack Abramoff somehow...

At 7:56 PM, December 09, 2006, Blogger Debaucherous ?L said...

so far I am 0-1 ... and insult to injury, they literally postmarked the rejection letter two days after I mailed my letter to them.

At 10:55 PM, December 15, 2006, Anonymous Dagny said...

Wow debauch, you must REALLY suck.

P.S. STFU in the Library. :)


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