More Rejection Letters

“Thank you for your interest in the [lawyer position] with the Attorney General’s Office at ___________. Due to the large volume od applicants, we were unable to extend an interview to you at this time.”

“Thank you for your interest in employment with the United States Attorney’s Office…..It was a difficult decision, but we have selected another individual whose qualifications better match our needs at this time.”

“Thank you for your interest in the [lawyer position] at the ________ District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As you may imagine, many outstanding attorneys applied. We selected another qualified individual for the position.”

“Thank you for your interest in an Attorney Adv position at the Administrative Conference of the United States.  The Conference has completed its review of your application.
I regret to say that we will not be proceeding further with your application.  I am sorry to disappoint you, but we received over 900 applications and we interviewed only about 10 candidates.  Given that there was so much competition, it was inevitable that many highly qualified applicants would not be selected for interviews.”



  1. Before I gave up trying to get a cheesey, low-paying job as an associate/slave, doing shit-work for a bunch of arrogant, asshole “partners,” I accumulated what I called my “rejection collection,” which included letters turning me down for jobs I hadn’t applied for (e.g., legal secretary (!))…as well as letters which spelled my name wrong or that were intended for a different rejectee.


    I also, from time to time — especially when rejected by the uber-assholes of the mega-firms (e.g., Baker & McKenzie) — I’D RESPOND TO THEIR GENERIC FORM REJECTION WITH A REJECTION LETTER OF MY OWN:

    “Dear Sir/Madam”: Unfortunately, due to the number of potential rejectors, I must REJECT YOUR REJECTION at this time. Thank you for your inquiry and FUCK YOU!

  2. dupednontraditional Said:

    Glad to see you back. Don’t take too long between posts!

    Rejection letters are good for recycling…and reminding yourself that you are making an effort, rather than sitting in front of the xbox all day.

    • A Law School Victim Said:

      “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.” Severe times. It’s crazy, I think how many ways can these hiring committees say no?!

  3. NoJob4U Said:

    My favorite rejection letter:

    “Thank you for applying for _____________. We had 100 applicants for 2 positions. Your application was helpful to us because it helped us make an informed decision.”

    • A Law School Victim Said:

      Nice. It’s like you’re the gauge to reject all others. Crazy.

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