Rejection Letters (dot) Net

Ross, Dixon & Bell: Go F(orward) Yourself
April 9, 2008, 3:44 am
Filed under: Jobs, Law | Tags: , , ,

In this lawyer email gem, the HR rep was too lazy to do a full-on cut and paste of standard rejectext. Instead she just forwarded a previously used rejection, leaving the indents–and the different color text–in the bulk of the email. Hey, at least they changed the first name.

Subject: Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP


> Thank you very much for expressing an interest in a position with our
> firm and providing us with a copy of your resume.
> We have recently completed hiring for our summer class of 200X and,
> unfortunately, will not be able to offer you a position for this
> summer. However, we hope that you remain interested in our firm and
> strongly encourage you to re-apply next Fall for the summer of 200Y.
> We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
> HR Assistant
> Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP
> 2001 K Street
> Washington, DC 20006
> 202.662.2146

No disclaimer!?!? Wow and this is a law firm? That alone puts this cover letter miles ahead of McDermott Will & Emery, with their whopping 83-word disclosure. So, kudos to you, lazy forwarding asses that you are.
Point breakdown after the jump: Continue reading


McDermott Will & Emery: Love That Effort
April 2, 2008, 12:15 am
Filed under: Jobs, Law | Tags: , , ,

Oh you lawyers, always with the sincerity in your rejections. As we previously noted, we’ve been overrun with law school and law firm rejections. We thought that this particular law firm rejection was a good start. After all, apparently all 1,100 lawyers at McDermott Will & Emery are too busy accolading to do a mail merge with their unsuccessful candidates.
As you’ll notice below, the head recruiter delegated the menial task of the rejection letter–one of our favorite moves. But on the real, it’s pretty freaking lame that these folks didn’t even mail merge the applicants’ names in to the rejection email. And that ridiculously long disclosure at the end? Well that’s going to cost them in the points; more below.



Thank you for your inquiry regarding summer employment at McDermott Will & Emery’s [REDACTED] office. Although we sincerely appreciate your interest in our Firm, we regret that our needs do not permit us to invite you in to interview for a position in our 200[X] Summer Program. Even though we are not able to consider you for a position this summer, we encourage you to contact us this fall regarding our 200[X] Summer Program and visit our website at to learn more about us.

We look forward to hearing from you next fall. Good luck with the remainder of your first year.


Legal Recruiting Manager
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
340 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10173

IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To comply with requirements imposed by the IRS, we inform you that any U.S. federal tax advice contained herein (including any attachments), unless specifically stated otherwise, is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purposes of (i) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter herein.

This message is a PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL communication. This message and all attachments are a private communication sent by a law firm and may be confidential or protected by privilege. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the information contained in or attached to this message is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender of the delivery error by replying to this message, and then delete it from your system. Thank you.

Please visit for more information about our Firm.

Point breakdown after the jump. Continue reading

U Chicago Law School: Super Douchey
April 1, 2008, 11:41 pm
Filed under: Law School, Schools | Tags: , , , ,

It seems that law students and law students-to-be are the most spiteful of our early contributors. Over the next couple of weeks (time permitting) we’ll be posting some of the plethora of law school and law firm rejections. To begin, here’s one from the University of Chicago. An esteemed school with a Top 10 US News ranking; so esteemed, in fact, that applicants may have a hard time coping with rejection.
Actual text from the letter:

Although there is no way for me to lessen the disappointment, I would like to point out that the Committee’s decisions have been difficult.

Seriously? Two things piss us off here. First, although we’re sure the applicant in question was crying their eyes out when they received this rejection (though there are no tears on the scanned letter to indicate as such), the “lessen the disappointment” language goes too far, even for the hoity–toity law school types. Second, right after noting how difficult it will be for this applicant, U Chicago brings it back to it. I’m super sorry this is hard for you but it’s way harder for us. Pity us, this ivory tower has a lot of steps and such. Third (yes, we’re allowed to name three things even though we said two), if you look at the letter it was sent on 14 February. Valentines Day.
The full letter after the jump. Continue reading