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FROM THE JOB FRONT

FROM THE JOB FRONT is EmplawyerNet's monthly newsletter covering the latest developments in the area of legal employment -- and a few other things. FROM THE JOB FRONT is published as a service of EmplawyerNet, the online interactive legal employment network.

NOVEMBER 2000

NEWS FROM THE JOB FRONT

Summer Camp Turns to Boot Camp

Liberal Arts Picked as Best Major for Pre-Lawyers

Father Sued for Failing to Pay Daughter's Law School Tuition

The Government Becomes Revolving Door for Attorneys

OTHER FEATURES
Job Tips: Waiting for the callback

Legal Trivia

Quote, UnQuote

One More Thing Before You Go


SUMMER CAMP TURNS TO BOOT CAMP

The carefree days of summer may be over for some law students. Well, at least it looks that way at one law firm. The Washington D.C.-based Howrey Simon Arnold & White is now putting its summer associates thorough what it calls boot camp. Instead of challenging summer associates to go all summer long without paying for a meal, Howrey Simon will put future lawyers in a program designed to demonstrate what it's like to be a real lawyer. Included in the boot camp is a two-week mock trial and lots of long hours. To get the point across, the firm has run advertisements in publications going to law students that show summer associates engaged in a tug-of-war.

Wall Street Journal

LIBERAL ARTS PICKED AS BEST MAJOR FOR PRE-LAWYERS

A recent survey conducted by The Affiliates asked lawyers what they though was the best undergraduate major for future lawyers. Thirty-five percent of the attorneys polled said liberal arts. Twenty-four percent said business and twenty percent suggested a technical or science background. Most of the rest said that political science and social science were the best majors.

The Affiliates

FATHER SUED FOR FAILING TO PAY DAUGHTER'S LAW SCHOOL TUITION

A graduate of Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles has sued her father for not paying her tuition. The woman claims that her father promised to pay tuition and food bills during her three years in law school. Upon graduation, however, the father failed to come through on picking up the $150,000 tab.

Daily Journal

THE GOVERNMENT BECOMING REVOLVING DOOR FOR ATTORNEYS

Government attorney jobs have always been considered outside the activity revolving around law firm hiring. That no longer seems to be the case. In the scramble to find qualified candidates, more and more law firms are looking to government agencies as the source. Meanwhile, lawyers in private practice are looking to the government as the place for their escape. As an example, Washington's largest law firm, Hogan & Harston, lost 18 attorneys to the government last year. It is estimated that over 75 law firm attorneys in Washington DC alone made the switch to the federal government in 1999. Meanwhile, during the same year, the SEC lost 15 attorneys to private practice and the DOJ lost 18. Another select government agency is the US Patent and Trademark office. In 1999, the PTO lost 12 attorneys and picked up none from the private sector. The DC office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius alone hired 19 lawyers away from the government last year.

Legal Times

JOB TIPS: WAITING FOR THE CALLBACK

You have interviewed with a firm you like. The interview took place one month ago. You have heard nothing from the firm. What should you do?

You probably have a strong urge to pick up the phone, call the lawyer you met, and ask what is happening. Before you do that, however, you need to do some homework. If you know others who have interviewed at the firm, talk to them about their experience. Have they heard from the firm? If not, the firm may well simply be slow in getting around to making a decision.

Firms vary in the speed with which they make hiring decisions. Some firms are more cautious than others. In addition, you may have been interviewed early in the recruiting season and the firm is continuing to make its rounds of law schools. Or perhaps you are the second choice of the firm and the extension of an offer to you is contingent upon the rejection of a prior offer given to someone else. Whatever the reason, months may go by with no word from the firm.

Unless you have a compelling reason to communicate with the firm (as would be the case if you have an offer from another firm and a deadline on your response is approaching), it is normally best to lie low and not initiate communications. There is very little you can say during a telephone call that is likely to arouse greater interest on the part of the firm than you will be able to generate during the interview at your school. If you cannot suppress the urge to contact the firm, write them a letter indicating how much you enjoyed the interview and look forward to hearing from them. Even if such a letter doesn't help your case, it may make you feel as if you are in greater control of the situation.

The situation is quite different if you have an offer from another firm and must respond soon. In this case, you have a legitimate reason (as opposed to mere impatience) to inquire as to your standing at the firm. In some situations, the fact that you have an offer may peak the interest of the firm that is sitting on the fence. Be prepared when you call to identify the firm that has given you an offer and, whatever you do, avoid any misrepresentations in this regard.

Above all, be patient. Wait for the firm to get in touch with you. Initiate contact only if you really need to know where you stand with the firm.

LEGAL TRIVIA

A 1993 survey conducted by West Publishing Company asked 815 Americans which lawyer, real or fictional, they admired most. Which of the following lawyers placed first in the poll?
  
(a)F. Lee Bailey
(b)Perry Mason
(c)Abraham Lincoln
(d)Thurgood Marshall
(e)Janet Reno

(Answer at the end of the newsletter)

QUOTE

"I say if she slept with the old coot, she deserves the money."

    --Laura Phillips, 41, commenting on the $450 million award given to Anna Nicole Smith

UNQUOTE

ONE MORE THING BEFORE YOU GO...

The staffing company OfficeTeam has put together several job interview responses that killed candidates' chances of being hired. One favorite is about a candidate who was asked to bring several copies of his resume and three references with him to the interview. Prior to the interview, the candidate called to reschedule because his references couldn't make the interview.

  • Trivia Answer:

    (a)  F. Lee Bailey. The others finished in the order they are listed in the Trivia Question.


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