Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

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Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:23 pm

Hey everyone,

In August, I blasted out resumes to all of the NALP firms in my target city.

Silence… then last week, I finally received and accepted an offer.

Of course, when it rains, it pours. This week, I have been called 4 times from recruiters looking to set up interviews. Must I tell them that I have already accepted an offer? So far, I have just been declining by saying: "thank you, but I already received an offer and am not interested in interviewing with your firm at this time." I do this to avoid the dreaded, "oh…so where are you going to work?" followup.

How do you guys handle these phone calls? I'm not a fan of divulging my selection to every firm that asks.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby 5ky » Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:36 pm

No, just say you're very sorry, but you are no longer available for callbacks. If they press you, you could always just say you haven't made up your mind yet.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:47 pm

Send the following letter to the recruiting coordinator:

Dear Recruiting Coordinator:

Thank you very much for requesting to interview me. When I examined your firm's website, I was very impressed with your attorneys' legal abilities and personal accomplishments. However, I regret to inform you that I will not be able to accept a position in your 2012 summer program. There is intense competition among law firms for the limited number of positions that I am able to accept. As a result, I am unable to accept summer positions at many of the well-qualified law firms that request to interview me.

I sincerely appreciate your interest in me, and I wish you the best of luck in the future.

Sincerely,

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby Richie Tenenbaum » Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:50 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Send the following letter to the recruiting coordinator:

Dear Recruiting Coordinator:

Thank you very much for requesting to interview me. When I examined your firm's website, I was very impressed with your attorneys' legal abilities and personal accomplishments. However, I regret to inform you that I will not be able to accept a position in your 2011 summer program. There is intense competition among law firms for the limited number of positions that I am able to accept. As a result, I am unable to accept summer positions at many of the well-qualified law firms that request to interview me.

I sincerely appreciate your interest in me, and I wish you the best of luck in the future.

Sincerely,

Anonymous User


Amazing.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:52 pm

haha that's hilarious.

But seriously, why do the firms dig so much!? I can't ever hang up without answering where.. what ..when ..why. I don't like being dishonest, but I don't want to tell them to mind their own business!

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:05 pm

"Thank you, but I have already accepted an offer from another firm." If the recruiter persists, then respond "I'm not comfortable sharing any other information until everything is finalized."

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby Bronte » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:14 pm

Who cares about telling them which firm you accepted? I always tell them. They wanna know why; I tell them why. What difference does it make?

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby Richie Tenenbaum » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:15 pm

Anonymous User wrote:haha that's hilarious.

But seriously, why do the firms dig so much!? I can't ever hang up without answering where.. what ..when ..why. I don't like being dishonest, but I don't want to tell them to mind their own business!


Just tell them that you have an offer that you are most likely going to accept, and then if they ask for more then it makes more sense when you tell them that you would prefer not to say more at this time.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:18 pm

Yes, you should tell the other firms that you have accepted another offer. Whether or not you share details is up to you. Just be polite & direct in your response.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:29 pm

Why don't you want to tell them? They aren't going to get emotional like a woman (or man) you two-timed and run off to tell the new hottie how you farted during coitus once.

If you REALLY don't want to tell them, say you are deciding between a few offers and let that be it. Or, just tell them so they can figure out how to better recruit next year and appraise their competition with other firms.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby missinglink » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:13 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Send the following letter to the recruiting coordinator:

Dear Recruiting Coordinator:

Thank you very much for requesting to interview me. When I examined your firm's website, I was very impressed with your attorneys' legal abilities and personal accomplishments. However, I regret to inform you that I will not be able to accept a position in your 2012 summer program. There is intense competition among law firms for the limited number of positions that I am able to accept. As a result, I am unable to accept summer positions at many of the well-qualified law firms that request to interview me.

I sincerely appreciate your interest in me, and I wish you the best of luck in the future.

Sincerely,

Anonymous User

180, seriously.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:15 pm

Ugh. I just told firm "X" that I may be accepting a position with firm "Y" and therefore was declining X's interview.

However, I DID accept a position with "Y" already. Is that bad? Firms are in the same market.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby kahechsof » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:16 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Ugh. I just told firm "X" that I may be accepting a position with firm "Y" and therefore was declining X's interview.

However, I DID accept a position with "Y" already. Is that bad? Firms are in the same market.


Don't sweat it.
But seriously, why did you have to say anything?

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:21 pm

OP here:

I was trying to be vague. "I'm sorry.. got another offer…thinking of taking…thanks, bye "
Then got the question: "Really? Where?"
Caught off guard, I revealed the firm.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:36 pm

Anonymous User wrote:OP here:

I was trying to be vague. "I'm sorry.. got another offer…thinking of taking…thanks, bye "
Then got the question: "Really? Where?"
Caught off guard, I revealed the firm.


Why don't you want to tell them the firm name? Who cares? They are all going to ask, and all anybody ever said to me was "that's a great firm, good luck." They just want to know. Wouldn't you?

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby Helmholtz » Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:39 pm

I don't understand this thread.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby kahechsof » Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:41 pm

Helmholtz wrote:I don't understand this thread.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby zomginternets » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:05 am

kahechsof wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:I don't understand this thread.


180. When i read the title, I thought this was a thread about accepting an offer and continuing to interview with other firms, or accepting multiple offers.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby Helmholtz » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:07 am

zomginternets wrote:
kahechsof wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:I don't understand this thread.


180. When i read the title, I thought this was a thread about accepting an offer and continuing to interview with other firms, or accepting multiple offers.


To be fair, this is TLS. I'm sure that a number of people on here have considered it. (But I got a callback with a firm and spent a lot of time on research! I deserve to know how it would have turned out!)

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby SweetrollStealer » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:08 am

zomginternets wrote:
kahechsof wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:I don't understand this thread.


180. When i read the title, I thought this was a thread about accepting an offer and continuing to interview with other firms, or accepting multiple offers.


OP obviously just wants to practice biglaw in secret.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby stratocophic » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:14 am

Helmholtz wrote:
zomginternets wrote:
kahechsof wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:I don't understand this thread.


180. When i read the title, I thought this was a thread about accepting an offer and continuing to interview with other firms, or accepting multiple offers.


To be fair, this is TLS. I'm sure that a number of people on here have considered it. (But I got a callback with a firm and spent a lot of time on research! I deserve to know how it would have turned out!)
There are far better reasons for a person to do this. Dat Ritz, dat Four Seasons, dem meals before your flight, dem fancy lunches... all fo FREE.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby Helmholtz » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:16 am

stratocophic wrote:There are far better reasons for a person to do this. Dat Ritz, dat Four Seasons, dem meals before your flight, dem fancy lunches... all fo FREE.


I stayed in some nice hotels and ate some nice meals, but honestly, after the past few weeks, I sort of just want to sleep in my own bed, eat meals at my own apartment, and not be tempted by the small store that The W put in the corner of my room.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby stratocophic » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:19 am

Helmholtz wrote:
stratocophic wrote:There are far better reasons for a person to do this. Dat Ritz, dat Four Seasons, dem meals before your flight, dem fancy lunches... all fo FREE.


I stayed in some nice hotels and ate some nice meals, but honestly, after the past few weeks, I sort of just want to sleep in my own bed, eat meals at my own apartment, and not be tempted by the small store that The W put in the corner of my room.
Totally agree - I'm even tired of missing class and having to make up readings. Now a person who jumped on a V5 or whatever because it was the first thing they got or something... who knows.

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby slider » Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:50 pm

Why do employers feel like it is ok to ask what firm we have chosen? It would be highly unusual for a student to ask (upon being rejected by a firm) "so what student did you chose instead?".

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Re: Accepted an offer… do I have to tell other firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:57 pm

Just curious, which city was your target market (that is now finally coming around to interview you)? I'm still waiting to hear ANYTHING from so many of these firms I e-mailed in July/August.




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