Rejection Letters (dot) Net

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. Here’s how the points shake out:

  • Objective:-1 (lacking salutation) -1 (signatory different than typist) -2 (received via email) -3 (BCC on email) +1 (“thank you”, though this -2/5(“regret” “our needs”) +2 (encouraged to reapply) -83/10 (83 words in disclaimer, IRS disclaimer omitted) = -12.7
  • Discretionary: -1 (lameness of the disclaimer, mitigated on account of these guys being lawyers and all) = -1
  • Total: -13.7

Wow. As you can tell from the minimal discretionary penalty, we thought that, generally, MW&E weren’t too bad. That whole lacking mail merge thing is pretty lame, but the actual text of the letter showed some consideration for the rejected. Disclaimers can really set you back in this dog-eat-dog world of rejection letters, so watch out. Until next time, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the mailbox.


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