Decline offer- say where you're going (gov/firm)?

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Decline offer- say where you're going (gov/firm)?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:35 pm

2L here. Got two offers recently, one for a government internship, one for one of those unicorn mid-law firms in my home state. I accepted the firm and declined the government internship. I really hit it off with the gov interviewer and I did have a genuine interest in the organization (I worked in a gov internship during 1L), but ultimately, I wanted to at least try a firm once/want to get paid/am more comfortable with a solid chance of a full-time offer rather than dealing with hiring freezes. The gov contact responded with a really nice email and asked what I'll be doing this summer. Is it ok to say my reasons above? For some reason I feel like a jerk about it because I was all gov/serving people a few weeks ago and now I'm headed to a firm. Am I overanalyzing again?

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Re: Decline offer- say where you're going (gov/firm)?

Postby patrickd139 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:41 pm

Anonymous User wrote:2L here. Got two offers recently, one for a government internship, one for one of those unicorn mid-law firms in my home state. I accepted the firm and declined the government internship. I really hit it off with the gov interviewer and I did have a genuine interest in the organization (I worked in a gov internship during 1L), but ultimately, I wanted to at least try a firm once/want to get paid/am more comfortable with a solid chance of a full-time offer rather than dealing with hiring freezes. The gov contact responded with a really nice email and asked what I'll be doing this summer. Is it ok to say my reasons above? For some reason I feel like a jerk about it because I was all gov/serving people a few weeks ago and now I'm headed to a firm. Am I overanalyzing again?

Can you not split?

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Re: Decline offer- say where you're going (gov/firm)?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:24 pm

patrickd139 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:2L here. Got two offers recently, one for a government internship, one for one of those unicorn mid-law firms in my home state. I accepted the firm and declined the government internship. I really hit it off with the gov interviewer and I did have a genuine interest in the organization (I worked in a gov internship during 1L), but ultimately, I wanted to at least try a firm once/want to get paid/am more comfortable with a solid chance of a full-time offer rather than dealing with hiring freezes. The gov contact responded with a really nice email and asked what I'll be doing this summer. Is it ok to say my reasons above? For some reason I feel like a jerk about it because I was all gov/serving people a few weeks ago and now I'm headed to a firm. Am I overanalyzing again?

Can you not split?

OP here- firm wants me there for 12 weeks. And I already turned down the gov offer anyway.

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Re: Decline offer- say where you're going (gov/firm)?

Postby thesealocust » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:28 pm

Completely OK to say that, and probably a good way to keep in touch going forward! In my experience attorneys were very understanding of such decisions, especially when $$$ was on the line (shakespeare got to get paid, son).




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