Dealing with rejection

Written by Thomas Eckardt on 16th November, 2021

Getting into a Law School is tough. Surviving law school while getting excellent grades, volunteering at firms, being involved with extra-curricular activities and then making as many graduate/clerkship applications at the end is tougher. The hard reality is that even after all that hard work you can still be bombarded with a stream of rejections. DO NOT LET IT GET YOU DOWN.

Getting into any role as a graduate takes resilience and time. Getting into a top tier law firm, or any law firm, does not happen immediately for everyone (That doesn’t mean it won’t happen eventually if that is what you want). Things to remember:

  1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There are a lot of graduates who finish their degree and don’t manage to get into the firm they want. We know that it doesn’t make the rejection any easier. However, knowing that you are not the only person who is struggling will hopefully make it easier.
  2. DON’T TAKE A LACK OF FEEDBACK TO HEART. One of the most demoralising things about receiving a bland rejection email is the lack of specifics. You may have spent hours perfecting the cover letter/application questions only to receive a bland “we are sorry to inform you” email. The internal recruiters often have to go through hundreds of applications in a relatively short time, giving specific feedback to every applicant would consume their life. Don’t take it to heart.
  3. DON’T GIVE UP. Just because you have received rejections so far does not mean that the next application won’t be a success. You can’t get any of the jobs that you don’t apply for.
  4. LOOK FOR THE POSITIVES. If you have received a rejection email then someone has assessed that the firm isn’t right for you for some reason. They know the firm better than you and can make that call. Do you really want to work somewhere that doesn’t think that you can have a good career with them? Every ‘no’ leads you closer to a ‘yes’. The aim is for that ‘Yes’ to be the right one.
  5. TALK TO SOMEONE. Do not be embarrassed to talk to someone about your frustrations. Taking the time to speak with someone about how you are feeling and asking them for help will result in them helping you. Remember, everyone wants you to succeed.
  6. EVERY DOOR CLOSED IS ANOTHER ONE OPEN. As someone who has personally received more job rejections in their life than any graduate trust me when I say that every time an opportunity is missed there is another one waiting for you.

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