Rejection Hurts, the Opportunity That Comes with It Shouldn’t

Vol. 42 No. 2


Erin Binns is director of career plannning at Marquette University Law School.

Rejection is something most students only flirt with from afar before law school. A legal job search tends to change that. Few students navigate a legal job search without becoming intimately familiar with the “thanks-but-no-thanks” letter. And then there are the silent rejections, which are arguably even more painful. You apply; you interview; you wait. In the silence, you cling to the mantra that no news is good news. This works until you overhear a classmate talking about her call-back interview. It’s then you surrender to the belief that the firm’s disdain for you was so great they didn’t bother with official notification.


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