The process of seeking a position at a major law firm is not for the faint of heart. In addition to coping with core issues of financial security and professional identity, a candidate submitting their résumé to law firms must also accept a ride on the job seekers emotional rollercoaster. But before you throw your hat into the ring, it’s best to gird yourself to the potential of the following four negative by-products of the legal hiring process:

Coping with the Process of Applying for a Position in a Law Firm: Don't let silence, delay, ambiguity, or rejection get you down!
  1. Silence
  2. Ambiguity
  3. Delay
  4. And the mother of them all: Rejection
Even the most sought after candidates often face one or more of these issues. What you need to keep in mind is that these elements are just a normal part of legal job search process. No one in a law firm intends to direct negative energy at every candidate, but the system being what it is, understanding how it works will help you cope with what can otherwise be a frustrating and ego-deflating experience. Once you can anticipate what to expect in the short-run, along with your recruiter, you can better move through and negotiate each stage of the hiring process.


One of the first things you’ll notice about the legal job search process is: Silence.

Days, weeks, and even months can go by without hearing a peep from the places you diligently prepared and sent applications. Worse than being ghosted on a dating app, this silence can be particularly maddening, for both recruiters and candidates. And because of that, it’s easy to jump to the wrong conclusions when we’re confronted with silence.