Wednesday, April 11, 2007

New Law Firm

For those of you that read my last posting you know that I was a bit torn between two job offers. I wasn't really torn… I knew which firm I wanted to go work for; however, I had already accepted an offer from the first firm that interviewed me. In a normal business setting it wouldn't be that big of a deal to accept an offer to work for a company and then call them back a bit later to turn them down if something better came along. Well, the legal world is a different beast when it comes to job interviews and offers and acceptance of offers. First, the legal world here in Las Vegas is very small, despite the fact that Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in the country (if not the fastest) and holds a population of about 2 million. For some reason the number of lawyers in the city is not growing nearly as fast as the city.

    You might be wondering why this matters… Well, in such a small legal community, word gets around very quickly. If you do something stupid or screw over a law firm in Las Vegas and you plan on continuing to work in Las Vegas, chances are the other lawyers in Las Vegas will find out about it. So I didn't want to screw over the first firm that offered me the job by going back on my word if that was going to have big consequences to my reputation. The other problem with finding a job in the legal market is there is a set of rules or etiquette that is usually followed when it comes to job interviews and offers. I didn't know if what I was doing was going to be looked at as a serious faux pas or not.

    So, in the end, I decided to go with the second law firm. I just felt a lot better about it (plus they pay quite a bit more than the first firm). I called back the first firm to tell them that I couldn't work for them anymore. Luckily I just got the guy's answering machine. I'll do anything to avoid confrontation. I'll probably start work at the new law firm sometime around mid-May. I have finals coming up at the beginning of May and I'll be done pretty quickly because I only have 3 finals this semester. I'm going to try to plan some kind of vacation before I start work, but it might be tough with Kiley being 8 months pregnant. I don't have anything more to say, so that is all…