Tips for Law Students - Rejection is Absolutely Normal!

Hey LABO Nation,

It's INCREDIBLY rare for me to post a written blog on here, but I felt compelled to write about this particular headline in light of recent events.  I'm in the process of packing up my things as my family and I are getting ready to move out, and I came across a huge stack of letters and envelopes bound by a rubber band.  Those letters were rejection letters that I accumulated during my time at New York Law School when I applied to various firms, teams, and leagues looking for my crack in sports law.  I've posted those letters (with redacted information, of course) below for you to peruse.

You see a common trend among these letters.  All these employers would acknowledge receipt of my resume and cover letter, pander me by saying that my accomplishments were "impressive," and that all positions were filled.  And the best line of each of these letters states that they'll contact me should something be available in the future.  In other words, don't expect a call back from us any time soon.

I kept these letters to motivate me. In my three years in law school, I never got that sports law internship that I dreamed so often about. Needless to say, with what I did during my three years of law school with Law and Batting Order and my other internship experiences, I certainly got a fair chance to showcase my skills and abilities.

I've fielded questions from law school students this past week about looking for summer internships and how to approach prospective employers.  They all seem to fear getting a "no" from an employer.  But I can assure you that rejection absolutely normal and part of the experience.  From the Mets to even the NHL, my application constantly got rejected, but that never meant I wasn't capable of working in the sports law industry.  

Someone WILL see your value as a job candidate and they will give you a fair chance, much like I received a chance.  View that rejection letter as motivation to prove the haters wrong, to make those regret not hiring you in the first place.  Don't let a rejection letter make you feel weak or leave you with a defeatist attitude.

As you begin the search for in-semester or summer internships, remember that when you fall down 6 times, you get back up 7 times.  Someone will see your talents and value and will hire you.  Just give it some time.

As always, I'm a real human being and I'm here to help should you have any questions about sports law, breaking into the industry, or if you just want to rant about law school.

-Tony