You have worked 100+ hours a week and still made the time to humor any random unsolicited call that came your way? Really?Honestly, the passing around of the e-mail was an exaggeration. That kind of thing would only happen if the email was particularly rude or amusing. But it's doubtful that you would get a response.
You are a better man than I.
I agree with you about trying to be helpful, and the impact of Karma, but there are realistic limits. When you don't have time for yourself and your family, it's kinda hard to donate a significant amount of time to strangers.
I've not done the 100 hour week thing consistently. But I have worked 80 hour weeks on a regular basis. I'm not saying these guys need to drop everything to talk with a potential law student. But time can be made here and there when trial is not coming up or a deal is not about to close. Your comment about how they would probably pass around the e-mail laughing at it is what got me. And the sad thing is, it would not surprise me one bit if that was done. Many of the big firm lawyers I have met would barely give me the time of day during an interview, let alone an unsolicited email or phone call. Many of them really are the slime of the earth. Luckily, there are some good ones out there.
Yea. It's too bad, really. If I get an e-mail written properly from someone who went to my undergrad or something, I certainly take the few minutes to type out a response. These big firm attorneys remind me of the stereotype of an attorney going out on a date that goes poorly, then bitching about how they could have billed $2,000 instead of going on the date. Sometimes, folks need to realize that giving back some will go a long way. Because ya never know what that new relationship with a soon-to-be attorney could bring in the future to that attorney. Who knows, maybe that soon-to-be law student is at a firm the attorney wants to move to many years down the line? Hopefully the folks around here will be more gracious with their time when called upon.