Anonymous User wrote:
BuckinghamB wrote:Couldn't you just tell your top choice that you have an exploding offer but make it clear you'd rather work for them? That way you wouldn't risk pissing off your bottom choice by saying you're waiting to hear from your top choice. Or is that not a good approach?
Well, I'm on hold essentially. They'd just reject me. Although, I have sort of indicated to them that this is the case.
I'm just curious. What are you going to tell Firm A if they ask you what happened to your exploding offer from Firm B? That you turned down Firm B? That you got an extension? That you accepted the offer at Firm B but you'd much prefer to work at Firm A and will renege on your acceptance at Firm B if Firm A gives you an offer?
Recognize that the first two answers are flat out lies if, in fact, you've accepted Firm B's offer. If Firm A is my firm and we find out you've flat out lied to us, we will not give you an offer and, if we've given you an offer, we'll revoke it. There's nothing worse than a flat out lie. But recognize also that if Firm A is my firm and you tell us you've accepted an offer at another firm, we will remove you from consideration for an offer. And yes, we would consider it unethical for you to accept an offer from another firm, and still leave yourself in the running for an offer from our firm. (Note that not all firms follow this latter policy, but pretty much all firms will ding/revoke if they catch you in a flat out lie, so honesty is still the best policy.)
At the end of the day, you're going to do what you feel you need to do. But let's not rationalize into persuading ourselves that what you're proposing is not unethical. And the fact that law firms on occasion behave unethically (certainly I think what Kasowitz did is unethical) does not mean that what you're proposing to do is ethical. Clearly the NALP rules would consider it unethical. Most law firms, in fact, do behave ethically, and most law students, in fact, do behave ethically, and collectively we're better off for it.