A. Nony Mouse wrote:The thing is (and this totally isn't meant as a personal criticism, cinephile, because why shouldn't you be honest about it? and most people do hate LR, so it's not like it seems it would be a controversial attitude), I think it's hard to tell employers you didn't do LR because you didn't want to, because chances are very good that if they hire you, they're going to be asking you to do stuff you don't want to do, and they'll think you'll try not to do it, or will have a bad attitude about it. I think it goes along with the general advice never to be negative in interviews - it's like, you can't say you left your previous job because the boss was an asshole, you have to say you wanted some other amazing opportunity only available elsewhere. So one way to approach LR is to say that you didn't want to do LR because you really wanted to focus your time on moot court/clinic/something else.
(Oh, god, I'm kind of agreeing with guano.)
I left my old job because it sucked and my boss was a bitch to work for.
Never in a million years would I tell an interviewer that, because there is literally no upside to it if they appreciate the candor, and plenty of downside if it creates doubt in their mind about my personality - which is already an uphill struggle for me.
Look at it this way. You wouldn't spend a first date bitching about your ex, would you? (Or, to be more like the original issue, that you don't clean up after yourself, because you don't want to)