Anonymous User wrote:
I write to you because I am very f*cked. I received a no-offer from my firm today after my summer associate-ship ended. I was wondering what I can do to actually practice law again?
Any tips? Should I mass mail mid law firms? Aside from stating that I received a no offer, how should I respond to interviewers who ask this question? Is my career in law over? Anything I can do to alleviate this horrible situation? Have others been in this situation and still landed a decent job?
To answer questions I know are coming...
I was no offered due to work product issues. I summered at a vault firm in a primary market (I will not get more specific/out the firm). I go to a t14 school (MVPB) and have above median grades - top 1/3ish grades. I have a mixture of positive/negative reviews.
It would help if we could keep the "You're fucked for life... kill yourself..." talk to a minimum as I already feel like complete shit.
Do everything you can right now to get a job, incl. mass e-mail, contacting alums, etc.
Then contact your SA firm and ask if they are willing to give you a "cold offer" - i.e., if a firm calls, they will say you got an offer (with the understanding that you did not receive such an offer).
Short of that, if the issue comes up, say something to the effect that during the summer you had expressed an interest in practicing in a different area of law, going to another market, etc., and wanted to allow the firm to use its allotment of available offer spots for those summers that did want to go back.
Trust me on this one, lots and lots of SAs have been no offered and have not only gone on to get jobs, but gone on to great careers in the law.
Good luck. PM me if you want to discuss further.