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Title: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: 1LMan on September 14, 2007, 08:20:26 AM
After a call back interview, generally how long does it take to hear back?  If I interviewed on Monday, what would the normal time frame be for BIGLAW?
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: eli250 on September 14, 2007, 01:16:39 PM
I had 2 BigLaw callbacks.  One gave me an offer 2 days after my callback.  I interviewed with the other one a week ago today and no news yet.  I've had 3 mid size call-backs and one was two weeks ago today.  Still no news.  One of them said their hiring committee meets once every two weeks.

Has anyone received a snail-mail rejection after a call back.  I heard the firms always give phone calls after the call-backs to let you know either way.  Is this true? 
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: thorc954 on September 14, 2007, 01:19:54 PM
I had callbacks the last two weeks.  One smaller Big Law firm (im not sure how to define what they are) gave me an offer about a week and a half later.  The same day, I got a rejection via regular mail from a very large firm. Kinda killed the excitement I had from the offer.  I am about 1/1.5 weeks for the other firms at this point and am anxiously awaiting phone calls.  Typically, offers come later thursday or friday, or so I have been told as committees usually meet on thursdays (at least in my city and from what they have told me).  This process sucks. I want it to be over. 
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: 1LMan on September 14, 2007, 02:50:43 PM
I second that Thorc.  It's so stressful.
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: GA-fan on September 14, 2007, 05:28:37 PM
I just got an offer from a firm I interviewed with on 8/30. At least the last couple weeks have been hectic for firms with tons of recruits and labor day in the middle- so I'd give it a week or up to two before I started to worry.
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: 1LMan on September 15, 2007, 01:59:59 PM
Any other insight out there?
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: thorc954 on September 15, 2007, 07:51:38 PM
no :( still not getting offers... maybe I smell bad?
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: Anonymous2L on September 15, 2007, 07:54:00 PM
I had three callbacks before Sept 1 (all NYC BigLaw) - I heard from 2 of them at the same time (w/in a day of each other) a little over two weeks later (phone offers). The 3rd (I'm not saying which...let's just say it's the biggest law firm in the world) has STILL not gotten back to me. I contacted the recruiting director last week, she apologized and said the hiring committee hadn't met yet. Uh, yeah, it's been a month. Anyway, I had 4 more callbacks this past week - Monday through Wednesday - and I got two offers on Thursday - one firm took three days, the other took two. One of those firms meets twice a week - Tues & Thurs - to make hiring decisions, so candidates hear really quickly. The firm at which I used to paralegal, for another example, meets once a week. It's possible that at smaller firms or offices, they meet even less frequently. Another factor is also that when a firm makes a decision to hire you, they'll tell your screening interviewer/person you know or connect with at the firm to call you. If that person gets busy, they may put off calling you for a day or two. This would obviously delay you hearing.

Basically, I don't personally believe there's a blanket rule. If you interviewed on Monday, I wouldn't sweat it if you haven't heard - it's possible that their hiring committee meets on Fridays and therefore you wouldn't get a call til next Monday. Alternatively - it IS possible that if you're right around their cutoff (in terms of numbers, etc. - aka a "fringe person") then a firm could make you wait longer; they may wait to interview other candidates from your school, etc, to see how it shakes out. No matter what I would call or email the head of recruiting if you haven't heard in two weeks.

Wow this is really long. Just remember to breathe! It's so stressful, but it will be over SO soon.

Good luck! Let us know how it goes...
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: eagles456 on September 17, 2007, 08:25:15 PM
my monday interview resulted in a friday offer. but then again i had two wednesday interviews and each took two weeks for offers. who the hell knows.
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: thorc954 on September 17, 2007, 09:28:23 PM
my dings took two weeks...
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: ANBUDOM on September 19, 2007, 02:28:48 AM
After a call back interview, generally how long does it take to hear back?  If I interviewed on Monday, what would the normal time frame be for BIGLAW?

The fun thing is that when you're waiting for offers or invitations to callbacks, you're gonna dive for your phone everytime it rings... and whenever your phone shows a number that isn't stored, you're gonna get all excited... it's awesome. 

Oh and NY biglaw generally take 1-2 weeks.  in my experience it took like 4 business days. 

Good luck I hope the offer comes soon!
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: rutherford on September 19, 2007, 05:43:43 AM
Monday interview with a early morning offer on Tuesday.  That was quick
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: vivi2 on September 19, 2007, 08:55:42 AM
I got mine two days after the callback interview. I think the general rule of thumb is anywhere from right after the interview ends (rare, but done by some firms) to about one week or so. If you have not heard by then, you can follow up with the recruiting office to reiterate your interest. Who knows, they may still have you on the shelf until they see what some of your competition is like. If you have not heard after two weeks, you probably got dinged.
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: 1LMan on September 23, 2007, 02:30:00 PM
Just a follow-up:  I received an offer.  It took a little over a week.  One thing the whole experience has taught me is to ask when they recruiting committee meets.  If you know when they meet, then you will be less anxious since you will have SOME idea when a decision will be made.
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: Suzieq830 on September 23, 2007, 05:47:12 PM
just to get an opinion from people:

i had a callback about 2 1/2 weeks ago at a nyc biglaw firm and havent heard back from them yet. I checked my e-mail on friday and I had just received an invitation for a cocktail reception for "perspective 2008 summer associates"  do you think this is something they send to all people who got callbacks? does this mean i have an offer and have not found out yet?  should i call the firm and ask?
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: ANBUDOM on September 23, 2007, 07:33:36 PM
just to get an opinion from people:

i had a callback about 2 1/2 weeks ago at a nyc biglaw firm and havent heard back from them yet. I checked my e-mail on friday and I had just received an invitation for a cocktail reception for "perspective 2008 summer associates"  do you think this is something they send to all people who got callbacks? does this mean i have an offer and have not found out yet?  should i call the firm and ask?

If it's been longer than 2 weeks I would call and figure out what's going on.  They should have contacted you with an offer or rejection by now. 
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: csloan999 on September 23, 2007, 08:21:18 PM
I got an invitation to a firm's reception once after OCI and thought the callback was on the way, but I didn't RSVP for it.  The next week I got a rejection from them.  The point is it might not mean anything that you got the email, BUT make sure you RSVP quickly--they might be wanting to see who actually cares about them enough to show up!  Otherwise, you'll probably get dinged like me (I was WAY overqualified for this firm--they probably sensed that and didn't want to spend the money on me if I wouldnt even come to their free dinner reception at a time that I didn't even have class!).
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: Suzieq830 on September 23, 2007, 08:45:31 PM
yeah i probably should not read to much into it.  I"ve gotten invitations for receptions before, but I thought maybe this was different b/c it was after the callback and all.  they did say 2-3 weeks and this week shall begin the third.  I think I will call on monday and inquire on my status
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: GA-fan on September 24, 2007, 08:13:17 AM
Some firms (particularly smaller offices) wait until they've done a certain number of callbacks to evaluate the candidates and give offers, particularly if they only have a few spaces available. It's very different from the big firms where they're filling a class of 50.
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: cesco on September 24, 2007, 08:33:38 AM
Some firms (particularly smaller offices) wait until they've done a certain number of callbacks to evaluate the candidates and give offers, particularly if they only have a few spaces available. It's very different from the big firms where they're filling a class of 50.

This is exactly the situation in my city.  I am looking at smaller offices of national firms and strong local firms, and they are all looking at a class size of 2-8 summer associates.  I am being told that decisions will be made in early to mid Oct once they get through with all the callbacks.

Good and bad for me.... I want an offer NOW, but considering most of my callbacks are lined up for this last week of Sept and the first 2 weeks in Oct, it would really hurt me if firms used more of a "first come first serve" motto.
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: SJ228 on September 24, 2007, 05:59:28 PM
Almost two weeks later and I got an offer! There is still hope - good luck everyone!
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: attgirl on September 24, 2007, 06:31:48 PM
Congrats! Am still waiting, beginning of week 2...fingers crossed :)
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: thorc954 on September 24, 2007, 06:40:58 PM
congrats & good luck :)
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: attgirl on September 28, 2007, 04:13:02 PM
Is anyone else still waiting to hear back on an offer?
I was told by the firm that this wait is rather normal, just wondering if anyone else out there is sailing in a same boat....
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: thorc954 on September 28, 2007, 04:17:57 PM
Is anyone else still waiting to hear back on an offer?
I was told by the firm that this wait is rather normal, just wondering if anyone else out there is sailing in a same boat....

Three weeks today at one of the firms.  It is a mid size firm though, so I guess that is normal.

Anyone know if what the protocol is for places you are waiting on if you already accepted elsewhere?
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: yykm on September 28, 2007, 04:55:10 PM
Is anyone else still waiting to hear back on an offer?
I was told by the firm that this wait is rather normal, just wondering if anyone else out there is sailing in a same boat....

Three weeks today at one of the firms.  It is a mid size firm though, so I guess that is normal.

Anyone know if what the protocol is for places you are waiting on if you already accepted elsewhere?
If you already accepted elsewhere, isnt the ethical thing to do is to withdraw your application?  A quick email should work.

Mid size firms are rather aggrivating.  I'm still holding out on a few of them even though I already have a biglaw offer in the bank.
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: thorc954 on September 28, 2007, 05:05:57 PM
yea, its probably the ethical thing to do... I still think I am going to wait and see though...
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: 1LMan on September 28, 2007, 05:13:44 PM
yea, its probably the ethical thing to do... I still think I am going to wait and see though...

If you already formally accepted an offer I'd check with NALP, but I thought you were required to withdraw.  However, even if you aren't required, you really should quit thinking of yourself and do it anyway.  You already formally accepted and other students may need/want those slots.
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: GA-fan on September 29, 2007, 06:08:44 AM
The ONLY way you'd be able to ethically get away with this is if you were considering splitting. Otherwise, this is tacky and inconsiderate of your fellow competitors.
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: thorc954 on September 29, 2007, 06:40:27 AM
The ONLY way you'd be able to ethically get away with this is if you were considering splitting. Otherwise, this is tacky and inconsiderate of your fellow competitors.

yea, probably true, the firm doesnt go by nalp guidelines though, so I am not sure if I am required to.  When I know for sure that the firm I accepted at received my letter, then I will withdraw. 

thanks for the advice.
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: 1LMan on September 29, 2007, 07:54:01 AM
Why didn't you call or e-mail to accept?  That's what was recommended by me to do.  Snail mail drags it out haha.

Anyway, good decision.  Don't screw over others, or the firm, just b/c you wanna see if you get other offers.
Title: Re: How Long for an Offer?
Post by: thorc954 on September 29, 2007, 09:21:51 AM
Why didn't you call or e-mail to accept?  That's what was recommended by me to do.  Snail mail drags it out haha.

Anyway, good decision.  Don't screw over others, or the firm, just b/c you wanna see if you get other offers.

Yea, I emailed, but it didnt hear back from the lady I emailed yet.  It was suggested to me to follow up with a written letter.  If I do not hear back from the lady soon, I will put a formal letter in the mail to make sure.