I’m Waiting for an Offer


I have gone on multiple second-round interviews at NYC mid-sized and Big Firms.  It has been over a week, and I have not received an offer / rejection letter.  Should I call the recruiter and inquire? How long does an offer / rejection take to be processed?

Chill out.  It’s been a week.  Not a month.  Don’t call.  Don’t inquire.  Law firms know how to get in touch with students when they want to.

As for the decision process, sometimes decisions are made very quickly—like the same day you interview.  If you’re a superstar, that is.  It’s not typical, but it does happen.  On the flip side, decisions usually take a few weeks or more.  Sometimes the delay has nothing to do with the candidate and everything to do with the logistics of getting the Hiring Committee together to discuss.  As you might imagine, lawyers—especially partners—are busy as hell and often have bigger things on their minds than summer associate offers.

Yet another possibility: The firm likes you but doesn’t love you, so they’re waiting to hear back from the students to whom they actually extended offers.  Think of it as a “summer associate waiting list.” If they get a more no’s than expected, they’ll make offers to their “next best” list of candidates.

Hang in there, sparky.  It’s only been a week, and you haven’t been rejected yet.

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3 Comments

  1. Al Dickman

    October 13, 2008 at 2:19 am

    One other important point….there’s a meltdown going on and good people are being laid off.  In times like this, the need for new associates (or worse yet summer associates), falls to the bottom of the list.
    While keeping the pipeline is important (no one wants to get a bad reputation, even at Podunk Law School), recognize that you are really not that important to them, now.
    They will get back to you, but keep your pants on for now, as it is only October. 
    You also ought to consider other jobs, such as government work, which will always be there.

  2. Anonymous

    October 13, 2008 at 6:00 am

    why are ALL of these posts about law students?? Dont they have enough resources for those questions?? I thought this blogg was about lawyers and the jobs that suck the life out of them? WTF?

  3. Junior

    October 13, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Loosen up, kid.  It’s been a week!!  Are you really that neurotic?

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