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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.



Summer Associates Coming Up Cold

Grades Inflating

A Lawyer's Worst Nightmare

A Lawyer's Second Worst Nightmare


Legal Trivia

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One More Thing Before You Go


Last year at this time, top students had lots of options as to where they would spend their summers working. Now, law firms are offering far fewer summer associate positions and, in some cases, withdrawing offers already made to students who were making their summer plans. The New York office of Holland & Knight, for instance, has rescinded eight summer associate offers. The firm said this was due to an unexpectedly high acceptance rate among students who are presumably receiving fewer offers from competing firms. With full-time associates being laid off, bonuses postponed and business generally slow, firms are pulling back and in some cases pulling the plug on their summer programs The National Association for Law Placement reports that it has data indicating a sharp decline in law firm offers this year for not only summer associates but also first-year associates and lateral hires.



What's the best way to get the grades you need to make it to Harvard Law School? Maybe go to Harvard as an undergraduate. According to a university study, almost half of all grades at Harvard University last year were either A or A-minus. This represents significant grade inflation since 1985 when 33 percent of Harvard grades were that high. The best subjects for high grades? Humanities classes, where almost two-thirds of the grades were A or A-minus. Cited by professors as the reasons for the rise in grades were pressure to grade along the same lines as other professors, fear of being known as a "tough grader" and pressure from students accustomed to high grades.

Associated Press


Whether they pass or fail, most bar exam takers are certain that there has been a mistake made when they receive their results. In the case of Jordan Sebold and one other person, they are right. Sebold received a we "regret to inform you" letter from the New York Board of Law Examiners. It turns out, however, that a clerical error was made and that Sebold actually passed. That same error means that someone who received a congratulatory letter failed the exam. Evidently, the entrance ticket number given to Sebold at the exam center did not match his name or Social Security number. The error was discovered by Sebold who remembered his seat number and saw a different number on the letter from the Board. Said Sebold of the incident, "My entire Thanksgiving was basically ruined." No word yet about all the things that were ruined for the person who learned later that he actually failed the exam.

National Law Journal


Sheraton Corporation has filed suit against the New York firm LeBoeuf, Lamb, Green & MacRae over the handling of the company's defense in a 1999 trial. In that case, Sheraton was accused of improperly profiting from a volume-purchasing plan. The company claims they expected a partner to be the primary counsel and that the firm mishandled the case by allowing a senior associate to serve as lead trial counsel. The suit claims that the associate was not properly supervised or trained. It also says the associate was unprepared, failed to produce documents to support the defense, did not objecting at the right time and conducted ineffective cross-examination. Sheraton lost the case to the tune of a $50 million judgment, $37.5 million of which was punitive damages. The lawyer bringing the malpractice claims says that he has "never seen a major firm blow a case like this before." LeBoeuf's counsel says the case is without merit.



Only two US Presidents never issued any presidential pardons. Can you choose which two from the list below?
(a)John Kennedy
(b)Harry Truman
(c)James Garfield
(d)William Henry Harrison
(e)George Washington

(Answer at the end of the newsletter)


"Everyone here walks around like they wish they went to Columbia."

    --A third-year student at Fordam University School of Law speaking about the difficult job market for law students



Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg may not look alike but lawyers presenting cases to the Supreme Court often reverse their names. This happens so often that the two were given T-shirts, perhaps worn under their robes, that say I'M RUTH, NOT SANDRA and vice versa. Justice Ginsburg noted that the last court term was the first one in which no arguer confused the justices. "It took six years," said Ginsburg. "That, to me, is a sign that we've really made it."

JD Jungle

  • Trivia Answer:

    (c) and (d)  Garfield served as president for less than a year. Harrison served thirty days.

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