Anonymous User wrote: rpupkin wrote:
$$$$$$ wrote:Month notice is insane - two weeks is plenty
Two weeks is not plenty in this situation. When someone accepts a clerkship offer while working at a firm, it's typical to let the firm know right away
, even if the clerkship is a year or two out. When people accept offers to clerk and then wait until two or three months before leaving to tell their firm (usually this doesn't work because the firm finds out through other channels anyway), folks raise eyebrows. But two weeks? That's way outside the bounds of what is considered normal in the profession. I've never heard of someone accepting a clerkship offer a year out and then not telling their firm until a week or two before leaving.
Not necessarily. OP, I am in a similar situation. I'm also clerking in 2018 and switching practice groups, but I don't have the same bonus issue so I am waiting about 2-3 weeks before I leave to give my notice. I've spoken to people at my firm and they said this is totally fine. Maybe it is just my firm, or maybe it's because we're switching practice groups, but I think some people here are being too dramatic. People are right that quitting on just a few days notice is really bad though, but this is a little dramatic:
rpupkin wrote:Does your judge know of your "tell my firm the week before I leave" plans?
Yes, you are an at-will employee and can leave whenever and however you'd like, but your plan is weird and unprofessional. If you'd like to return to the practice of law after your clerkship, I'd reconsider your approach.
The bolded is a little dramatic, but I stand by it. The legal world is small. If you're going to clerk and if you'd like to work somewhere afterward, why do something weird like give just one week's notice before departing for a clerkship that you've had lined up for over a year? Even if OP doesn't want to return to her current firm, she should think about how her conduct affects her reputation. As I get more senior, I get more calls from friends at government agencies and other law firms about lateral and post-clerkship applicants whom I've worked with in the past. If OP provides one-week notice in this situation (which will likely end up screwing other associates), what do you think her colleagues will say if a friend calls to ask about her?
No, OP will not be blacklisted from practicing law if she gives unusually short notice, but she could needlessly damage her reputation (and thus potentially limit her opportunities) moving forward.