Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Poorly written email and other grammatical errors cause law student to lose out on job.

Under the best of circumstances, it's vital that law students proof their correspondence with prospective employers.  In this job market, if you don't, you might lose out on a job opportunity like this Massachusetts law student.  It's not clear to me whether the student had already been hired on a trial basis or whether the hiring partner was reviewing writing samples the student had submitted but here are the reasons she gave for not offering him a "permanent" job:

The things that caused me pause are:

1. I have checked the rules and with two other attys, your use of “by its attorney” in your pleadings was incorrect. It should be used when you are referencing a company, for an individual, it would be his or her attorney.

2. The nice to meet you email you sent me appeared to be cut and pasted as you wrote, “it was nice to meet you yesterday”. You sent it the same day we met.   

In addition, the student had sent the hiring partner the following email which contained a grammatical mistake that certainly didn't help his job prospects:

I can do any type of Motion, and research. I do not think a 30 day trial period is necessary. I would prefer bring me on full time to show you my capabilities.

We all make typos.  But when you're applying for a job in a horrendous market, take the extra time to proof-read.   Unfortunately, the typos weren't this student's only problem - he then got into an email row with the hiring partner which has now gone viral.  Ouch.

You can read the rest of the story at Above the Law, here.

I am the scholarship dude.


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