How To: Say no to an offer

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How To: Say no to an offer

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:10 pm

Any advice on how to say no to an offer?

Dear [FIRM],

Thank you for taking the time to interview me in [CITY]. I sincerely enjoyed meeting your attorneys.

As I am sure you understand, the interview process is very difficult and I am only able to accept one offer. I faced a difficult decision in your case. Reluctantly, I am unable to accept your offer for a summer associate position. Please accept my sincere wishes for continued success with other candidates.

Very truly yours,

[ME]

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Re: How To: Say no to an offer

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:16 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Any advice on how to say no to an offer?

Dear [FIRM],

Thank you for taking the time to interview me in [CITY]. I sincerely enjoyed meeting your attorneys.

As I am sure you understand, the interview process is very difficult and I am only able to accept one offer. I faced a difficult decision in your case. Reluctantly, I am unable to accept your offer for a summer associate position. Please accept my sincere wishes for continued success with other candidates.

Very truly yours,

[ME]


That sounds like many rejection letters I have received...

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Re: How To: Say no to an offer

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:16 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Any advice on how to say no to an offer?

Dear [FIRM],

Thank you for taking the time to interview me in [CITY]. I sincerely enjoyed meeting your attorneys.

As I am sure you understand, the interview process is very difficult and I am only able to accept one offer. I faced a difficult decision in your case. Reluctantly, I am unable to accept your offer for a summer associate position. Please accept my sincere wishes for continued success with other candidates.

Very truly yours,

[ME]


That sounds like many rejection letters I have received...


OP here. In fact, it probably is drawn from many rejection letters you have received.

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Re: How To: Say no to an offer

Postby Jsa725 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:22 pm

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Re: How To: Say no to an offer

Postby BaiAilian2013 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:27 pm

Eh, I'd cut it down a little. They're not gonna shed any tears over you, and your letter sorta sounds like you don't know that.

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Re: How To: Say no to an offer

Postby thesealocust » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:28 pm

Just call. 30 seconds.

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Re: How To: Say no to an offer

Postby laxbrah420 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:34 pm

Dear Loser Firm,
Sometimes, as a man, I need to make difficult decisions. A recent decision I had to make that was difficult was deciding to go to Winner Firm rather than your Firm. This letter serves as notice that I am declining your offer of employment.

To make this decision, I made a venn diagram. In this venn diagram, I put the strengths of each firm in two corresponding large circles, and in the interlocked circle, I put the attributes which I felt you were tied on. In the interest of communicating to you my decision-making process so that you can respect my decision, and maybe reconsider your weaknesses, I have enclosed a photocopy of this venn diagram.

Very truly yours,
Lacrosse Brother

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Re: How To: Say no to an offer

Postby laxbrah420 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:35 pm

thesealocust wrote:Just call. 30 seconds.

Calling and written notice is best. Would you only call a client? You need documentation that your engagement has terminated.

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Re: How To: Say no to an offer

Postby thesealocust » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:39 pm

laxbrah420 wrote:
thesealocust wrote:Just call. 30 seconds.

Calling and written notice is best. Would you only call a client? You need documentation that your engagement has terminated.


I frequently only call my clients. Lots of stuff is best not memorialized in writing :lol:

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Re: How To: Say no to an offer

Postby laxbrah420 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:40 pm

thesealocust wrote:
laxbrah420 wrote:
thesealocust wrote:Just call. 30 seconds.

Calling and written notice is best. Would you only call a client? You need documentation that your engagement has terminated.


I frequently only call my clients. Lots of stuff is best not memorialized in writing :lol:

Let this serve as the lawyers forum now:

In what situations would you not want to memorialize the end of your representation?

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Re: How To: Say no to an offer

Postby fxb » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:41 pm

Pretending for a moment that this was a serious question, let me suggest that you should call both the legal recruiting office of the firm and also the attorney who was the most involved with recruiting you.
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Re: How To: Say no to an offer

Postby 20160810 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:31 am

Don't be a sperglord. Just say "I really appreciate it but I decided to go with another firm."

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Re: How To: Say no to an offer

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:38 am

So is it considered bad form if I just email them without calling?

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Re: How To: Say no to an offer

Postby 20160810 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:45 am

Anonymous User wrote:So is it considered bad form if I just email them without calling?

That's what I did. Ultimately I suspect you care more than they do. Just be polite and you're fine.

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Re: How To: Say no to an offer

Postby iLaw » Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:01 am

Anonymous User wrote:So is it considered bad form if I just email them without calling?

When you accept an offer the SOP is to email all other suitors. I will say that with a couple firms I had an especially good connection with I phoned.
BTW: they always asked what firm I selected. I would answer their question. I never mentioned that it was because of the money (but it was always because of the $).




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