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Law student receives absolutely brutal vac scheme rejection email

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Was it justified?

Vacation scheme rejection emails aren’t great. Clichéd phrases such as “thank you for your interest” and “we had a lot of high-quality applicants this year” are enough to bring even the most resolute of aspiring lawyers to tears.

So when a law firm fires off a particularly brutal rejection email it does leave you asking ‘why rub salt into the wound?’ — after all, law students are humans too. Take this next story, for example, courtesy of US legal website Above The Law.

One plucky Harvard law student secured an interview for a summer associate role (essentially a long vac scheme) with US law firm Edelson, a Chicago-based outfit specialising in group actions and consumer protection. Then during the course of trying to arrange a suitable interview time — and seemingly without warning — the firm hits the unnamed student with this line:

“At this point, I think bringing you in for a callback interview would be a waste of your time, and ours.”

The harsh missive (in full below) has since made its way onto a law meme Facebook page, racking up over 700 likes and hundreds of comments.

So what went wrong?

Well, Edelson’s founder, Jay Edelson, has now given the firm’s side of the story. In a lengthy comment issued to Above The Law post-publication, Edelson claimed the Harvard-goer had been previously rejected by the firm after he allegedly showed up “about 5 minutes late” to his interview and “wearing sweatpants”. Edelson continued:

[Student] sought to interview with us again at OCI this year. At the urging of our favourite Harvard Law professor, we gave him a clean slate. He amazingly showed up late again but otherwise did a very good job at the interview. He was smart, thoughtful, and prepared. The summer associate committee (me included) was very split on what to do. We like smart prepared people. We don’t like people who come across as entitled, which was one read of his behaviour to date.

Edelson goes onto explain that the firm sent the student a letter inviting him for a callback interview, and received a response four days later saying, in essence, that he would get back to them with some dates that worked. According to Edelson, over two weeks passed (and about 3 weeks from the initial letter) before the wannabe lawyer got back in touch with some suitable dates. “At that point, it was clear that [student] was not a good fit,” Edelson added.

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29 Comments

Anonymous

He does sound like a complete arse to be fair, even if you are a student on campus turning up wearing sweatpants to an interview is crazy. Then taking weeks to get back to a firm (again, whilst you are a student with circa 22 hours a day spare time) is inexcusable. Hopefully a reality check for him.

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Anonymous

What a twat.

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Anonymous

Sounds like a classic, self-entitled, millennial two-hat who thinks jobs are a God-given right.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

who is this twat? same message on every post.

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Anonymous

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

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Anonymous

I agree with all of the above.

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Anonymous

There are thousands of people that would kill to be in his position! What a fucking knobhead.

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Anonymous

To describe this as ‘absolutely brutal’ is frankly absurd. It’s clearly a terse email but you’d have to be particularly delicate to consider this to be brutal.

Even by Legal Cheek standards this appears to be a complete non-story. “Student acts like a dickhead; doesn’t get offered job”. Pulitzer awaits . . .

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Tom C

Really? Thanks!!

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Silver Medalist of Counsel

I got worse in my pupillage review where I was rejected.

I accept I didn’t make the grade for the Chambers concerned (but then moved to another Chambers and have been happy ever since), but I did work bloody hard for that year and was made to feel like I was mentally disabled at the review.

The legal profession sometimes has to be frank to those who don’t make the grade as it does no favours to the lawyers or the clients pretending otherwise.

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Anonymous

You ^ sound like a prize khunt

This should be illegal

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Silver Medalist of Counsel

Piss off.

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Silver Medalist of Counsel

The responder above was not me. I wouldn’t lower myself to the level of insults.

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Silver Medalist of Counsel

Fuck off, it was me. Imposter.

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The Real Silver Medalist of Counsel

By using an expletive you have just outed yourself as the imposter.

Where is your dignity?

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Head of 4A Grays Inn Square

You’ll go far with original responses like that.

Have a pupillage…

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citylawyer

That’s a poor way to behave towards a pupil. What kind of set are we talking about?

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Anonymous

Is dat righteous and truthfu Andrew of Counsel who is sogood he don’t need to do pulillageh and allways win in court?

Top pupillage there! You never lose!!!!

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Anonymous

Well, they’re right, but a frosty, yet dignified response would have cast the firm in a better light.

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Anonymous

Wasn’t it frosty but professional?

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Anonymous

Snowflake couldn’t handle some curtly dealt feedback.

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Realist

Send him some tissues and an adult nappy.

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Anonymous

We need proper socialism, proper co-ordination of the media, and proper job security

Graduates are entitled to and deserve jobs

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Anonymous

I agree mate

Im voting for Jeremy Corbyn

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Anonymous

Corbyn is a racist.

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Anonymous

Good

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Anonymous

not a story

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Stall1

Cool non-story, bruh

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