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Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun May 13, 2012 9:58 pm

I accepted an offer at a small firm and noticed that there's a misspelling on their website. It's not a glaring typo, but I definitely noticed it. I won't be starting until the fall, so it's not like I actually work there yet and I'm not listed on the site, but I feel like I should let them know. I was thinking of telling the partner who hired me since he has been my main point of contact with them so far.

Any suggestions as to how to go about this or if it would even be appropriate for me to bring this up? Thanks.

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby frank galvin » Sun May 13, 2012 10:06 pm

Wait a while and mention it informally. But I do not think you really gain (or lose anything) by mentioning it.

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon May 14, 2012 8:53 am

Hopefully you're not going to attempt to correct their spelling of "judgment". :D

What is the typo ?

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 14, 2012 2:41 pm

CanadianWolf wrote:Hopefully you're not going to attempt to correct their spelling of "judgment". :D

What is the typo ?


OP here. One of their practice groups (e.g., litigation) is misspelled under the "Practice Areas" tab on the site, so you have to actually scroll over the tab to see it. Basically, two of the letters in the group name are transposed, and I see how the typo could have been made because it's not really obvious if you're just skimming over the word.

I'm thinking that the best choice might be mentioning it informally when I have other stuff to discuss with them closer to my start date, along the lines of what the second poster suggested.

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby northwood » Mon May 14, 2012 2:49 pm

i wouldnt mention it.

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby stillwater » Mon May 14, 2012 3:02 pm

You should point it out as obnoxiously as possible followed by FTW.

I wouldn't mention it. Unless your goal is to be the Webmaster.

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby LawIdiot86 » Mon May 14, 2012 3:21 pm

northwood wrote:i wouldnt mention it.


+1. Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the oil, other times it gets replaced with a quieter, less annoying wheel.

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby kalvano » Mon May 14, 2012 3:23 pm

I can see no beneficial outcome in mentioning this. Even if they appreciate it, you're still the obnoxious grammar-Nazi law student who pointed out a typo on the website.

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby fundamentallybroken » Mon May 14, 2012 3:35 pm

You need to tell them this, as soon as possible. Preferable manner would be an email, to all partners, explaining you don't feel comfortable working at their firm if they're willing to let such things get out to the public.

(Alternatively, you should not mention this, to anyone, ever. Assume they know what they're doing, and will not appreciate an associate pointing out such a small error.)

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby bceagles182 » Mon May 14, 2012 3:46 pm

Sounds like a preTTTy presTTTigious firm.

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 14, 2012 6:31 pm

OP again. Thanks for the feedback everyone. It sounds like there is a pretty strong consensus for not mentioning it, and I think that's probably a good idea. I obviously don't want to be seen as nitpicky or annoying before I even start working there, and I see how bringing this up could come off the wrong way.

To the above poster, I'm a graduating 3L who was job hunting for a long time, so I didn't really have the luxury of turning down a firm I otherwise really liked over a typo.

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby Bucket » Mon May 14, 2012 6:33 pm

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby kwais » Mon May 14, 2012 6:37 pm

Bucket wrote:Is this law firm minority owned and operated?
Just curious.


oh boy

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby vegeta » Tue May 15, 2012 10:31 pm

Just send them an anonymous email.

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby seatown12 » Tue May 15, 2012 11:19 pm

fundamentallybroken wrote:You need to tell them this, as soon as possible. Preferable manner would be an email, to all partners, explaining you don't feel comfortable working at their firm if they're willing to let such things get out to the public.

(Alternatively, you should not mention this, to anyone, ever. Assume they know what they're doing, and will not appreciate an associate pointing out such a small error.)

So you think he should assume the firm knew what they were doing when they put a typo on their website? The best advice is to wait until an opportunity comes up to mention this informally, like the first person to respond said. No need to make it a big deal at all but I'm sure they would appreciate having this pointed out.

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby sunynp » Tue May 15, 2012 11:35 pm

Anonymous User wrote:OP again. Thanks for the feedback everyone. It sounds like there is a pretty strong consensus for not mentioning it, and I think that's probably a good idea. I obviously don't want to be seen as nitpicky or annoying before I even start working there, and I see how bringing this up could come off the wrong way.

To the above poster, I'm a graduating 3L who was job hunting for a long time, so I didn't really have the luxury of turning down a firm I otherwise really liked over a typo.


Congrats on the job. I wouldn't mention it to anyone. No one is going to thank you for pointing this out. After you are working there for a while and you know who is in charge of the website, you could find a way to bring it up, but I wouldn't bother.

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby r6_philly » Wed May 16, 2012 12:35 am

"I was browsing the firm's website to learn more before I start and I realized that your webmaster had misspelled the word ... on the navigation tab. I thought you might want to know."

Send this to the webmaster, who usually is a non-attorney with his/her own email.

I really appreciated everyone who pointed out my mistakes, because they helped me avoid looking like an ass. (and yes I have misspelled tabs).

I don't understand what's so wrong to help police the image of your firm in front of potential clients. Websites are made for people to look at (both customers and potential employees).

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby Wahoo1L » Wed May 16, 2012 11:00 pm

r6_philly wrote:"I was browsing the firm's website to learn more before I start and I realized that your webmaster had misspelled the word ... on the navigation tab. I thought you might want to know."

Send this to the webmaster, who usually is a non-attorney with his/her own email.

I really appreciated everyone who pointed out my mistakes, because they helped me avoid looking like an ass. (and yes I have misspelled tabs).

I don't understand what's so wrong to help police the image of your firm in front of potential clients. Websites are made for people to look at (both customers and potential employees).


You could also wait until you start and casually bring it up to IT or whoever runs the website. They'll likely be glad that some new guy caught the error rather than their boss.

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Re: Typo on Firm's Website?

Postby Emma. » Wed May 16, 2012 11:04 pm

kwais wrote:
Bucket wrote:Is this law firm minority owned and operated?
Just curious.


oh boy


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