It’s absolutely detrimental. It was brought up in almost every interview I had after that. No one came right out and said I was rejected because of it, but you definitely get the sense that you are seen as damaged goods. A lot of the people I know who got no offered have been able to rebound from it, but they have all struggled. And that’s not even getting in to the psychological damage.
— The anonymous author of Law Grad Working Retail, explaining in an interview with Business Insider what it’s like to try to get a job in Biglaw after being no-offered. He says his Chicago firm had an “unusually low offer rate” in 2012.
(We think we know the firm in question. Read on for our guess….)
We strongly suspect the firm in question is Winston & Strawn. As some of you may recall, back in 2012 the firm had a summer of discontent, rife with stealth layoffs for lawyers and no-offers for law students:
[P]reliminary reports suggest an offer rate below 70 percent, with about 10 of 30 summer associates not getting offers of permanent employment.
“They made everyone think the firm was doing well and offers would be universally handed out at the beginning of the summer,” said a source. “But about halfway through, word started coming down that no one was safe.”
We hope that other summer associates who suffered the same fate were able to secure jobs as lawyers. It is difficult but not impossible to bounce back from a no-offer situation; for tips and encouragement, see our prior post, What Should You Do If You Get No-Offered? Best of luck to Law Grad Working Retail.