Lawquacious wrote:I wasn't saying you should be concerned about being sued (I said something along the lines that I see no way the govt. would consider that), but I do think that if at some point in the future you reneged on an employment agreement with a private employer who relied on your word that you were taking the job that they could possibly seek reliance damages (and I think that is by no means totally far-fetched as certain people seem to be indicating, although it may not happen often). Maybe I should have been clear in the first place that any recovery would likely need to be 'equitable' in nature though, and in that sense there may not be a true and binding K except as implied by law. But I definitely don't think that section of what I said really applies to your situation currently (in terms of needing to fear suit); I do think it may highlight that what you are considering is not entirely trivial or necessarily just a matter of etiquette though. Blowing off an offer you have accepted in the professional world could at some point have legal consequences, even if only 'equitably' determined rather than 'at law'.
Ok I'm sorry, but you really need to stop this madhat 1L contracts frenzy. I will just spell it out for you: there are no reliance damages, or any other damages. There has been no paperwork and no terms. I've verbally accepted an offer to volunteer there in the summer, with no defined terms at all and subsequent to me passing a background check. The ONLY issue is one of etiquette and retaliation. And can everyone in general stop with the hissy fits, dick-measuring, and name calling? This is a legitimate issue many people deal with in their job search, and it's not offensive to our moral dignities just to talk it out or have a contrary opinion! I've heard great points from both sides, and I'm definitely going to talk to my CSO about it, which I was not going to do before this thread.
nigelfrost wrote:This thread has been a delight, due in no small part to the fact that OP thinks his/her 1L summer job is going to matter in the long run.
a 1L summer job can matter, I don't know where you're getting your cynicism. Yes they tell us most 1L jobs are equal and employers won't knock you for doing PI or government or whatever, but there are some 1L jobs that stand out. Particularly, I've spoken to a few attorneys who landed big firm fellowships their 1L year, then were invited back their 2L summer because they'd been there, and are now associates at those firms. They'd probably say that their 1L job mattered. It also matters to big firms when a big name firm is on your resume. It's a niche situation, but that's what we're talking about here, since my goal is to land one of those big firm jobs in the major city I'm in. Could I do it with the DAO on my resume? It's possible, but it's a lot easier to network around the screening process than try to get through based on grades I haven't earned yet.