Thursday, November 08, 2007

Tales of Career Hunting

This semester, the Stud was surprised to find himself with an offer for a callback interview at a large intellectual property firm. The callback was the result of a recommendation from the firm's California managing partner, whom the Stud had met during on-campus interviews (OCI). The Stud was quite surprised even to have obtained the OCI appointment to begin with, as he is not exactly in the top 10% of the Class of 2008. The callback was to be at the firm's New York City offices. It is an exciting office to be in, situated in the Second Circuit, a major player in the development of intellectual property law.

When the Stud called to make an appointment, the firm scheduled the interview for a month out, on Thursday, November 1, 2007. For the entire month of October, the Stud could scarcely think of anything else.

The attorneys who interviewed the Stud were a friendly group, and the Stud began to be really comfortable with the idea of moving to another state. On the flight back to California, the Stud started thinking of how to resolve a number of clerical and administrative issues in preparation for a possible move.

Alas, it was not to be. Yesterday afternoon, when the Stud returned home to change into a suit for the closing arguments exercise for Trial Advocacy, he saw a small envelope in the mail from the firm. He hoped it was simply a reimbursement check for cab fare, yet knew from the weight of the envelope that it could not be a check.

The rejection letter was dated Friday, November 2, 2007. This would seem to imply that the firm had already decided that it would not be extending an offer to the Stud even before he set foot in the office.

Fortunately, the last bar review is tonight. The Stud will drown his sorrows in alcohol among friends, and hope to be clear-headed enough to tackle the remainder of this semester.

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