Asking for SA offer extension appropriate?

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Asking for SA offer extension appropriate?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:59 pm

When the partner called to offer me the position he said that he need a decision from me by Friday 1/26 and even gave me a 5:00 deadline. He only gave me one week to decide and I have other callbacks scheduled but haven't actually interviewed there yet but I haven't even gotten to explore a single firm besides this one and I don't know if I should just jump at the first offer I get.

Is asking for an extension in poor taste? I looked at older topics on this and it seems like people are divided so I'm not sure what to do. Is there a chance they'll revoke the offer if I ask?

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Re: Asking for SA offer extension appropriate?

Postby PorscheFanatic » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:19 pm

I'm pretty sure they have to keep the offer open for 30 days, per NALP rules, no?

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Re: Asking for SA offer extension appropriate?

Postby IExistedOnceBefore » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:39 pm

PorscheFanatic wrote:I'm pretty sure they have to keep the offer open for 30 days, per NALP rules, no?


Only if they're a NALP firm. OP are they a NALP firm?

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Re: Asking for SA offer extension appropriate?

Postby trmckenz » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:46 pm

For 1Ls, NALP guidelines say that offers must remain open for 14 days. For 2Ls, it is a little more lenient because of OCIs.

https://www.nalp.org/fulltextofnalpprin ... dstandards

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Re: Asking for SA offer extension appropriate?

Postby kyle1978 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:46 pm

Firms don't *have* to do anything, despite what NALP recommends. I say accept the offer and keep searching if you want to. If you feel that is unethical, then decline the offer and keep searching. I wouldn't request a time extension unless you don't mind risking the offer being withdrawn

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Re: Asking for SA offer extension appropriate?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:42 pm

IExistedOnceBefore wrote:
PorscheFanatic wrote:I'm pretty sure they have to keep the offer open for 30 days, per NALP rules, no?


Only if they're a NALP firm. OP are they a NALP firm?


They are not a NALP firm

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Re: Asking for SA offer extension appropriate?

Postby poptart123 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:45 pm

kyle1978 wrote:Firms don't *have* to do anything, despite what NALP recommends. I say accept the offer and keep searching if you want to. If you feel that is unethical, then decline the offer and keep searching. I wouldn't request a time extension unless you don't mind risking the offer being withdrawn


This. If the firm pays market or close to it then I suggest you accept. Maybe even if the firm pays you at all and you actually do want to work there it would be a good idea to accept. 1L SAs are rare and I would rather have one in the hand.

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Re: Asking for SA offer extension appropriate?

Postby UnfrozenCaveman » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:15 pm

Do you have any personal reason that you could use to ask for an extension? Seems like the best bet.

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Re: Asking for SA offer extension appropriate?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:25 pm

UnfrozenCaveman wrote:Do you have any personal reason that you could use to ask for an extension? Seems like the best bet.


He wanted an answer on the phone and I said that I needed to talk to my family. Other than that, no specific personal circumstance.



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