Reneging on an RA position

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Reneging on an RA position

Postby SHANbangs » Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:40 pm

Just wondering if people could advise on etiquette when dealing with professors and research assistant positions. I currently have an RA offer from a professor on an area of law i'm not too interested in. We spoke early last week and I told her i'd get back to her this week. However, that was conditional upon hearing back from jobs by last friday, which didn't happen. I am scheduled to meet another professor on Thursday or Friday of this week for an RA position in securities and derivatives regulation, which i am actually interested in and something that I think would look better for OCI given that i want to do transactional law. I feel that i will most likely get this position, but I won't know definitively until Thursday or Friday at the earliest. At the same time, I received an offer from the regulation clinic for a paid summer position dealing with the consumer financial protection, but that is conditional upon them clearing the project for the summer. So I'm in a bit of a limbo - I won't hear back from securities prof until Friday, and I won't hear back from regulations ppl until who knows when. I have yet to accept the offer for the current RA position, so i'm wondering what i should do in terms of updating her on my status. I don't want to accept and later renege, but i also don't want to keep her in the dark or forego this opportunity if the other two don't pan out. My plan was to do 2 out of 3 for a full 40 hour work week, since all three positions are 20 hrs/week. What do y'all think?

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