Harvard Law to Job-Hunting Students: Don’t Panic
Posted Jul 16, 2009 7:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Harvard Law School is advising students looking for jobs to avoid denial and panic—and come up with a Plan B.
The school dispatched its advice in a March 6 memo, Bloomberg reports. “Almost every day, there is news of law firms laying off attorneys, delaying start dates, freezing salaries and, in some cases, even rescinding offers,” the memo said. “Now is not the time for avoidance, denial or panic. Instead, keep a cool head and focus on the things that you can control.”
Mark Weber, Harvard law’s assistant dean for career services, told Bloomberg that the school is telling students to have a backup plan in their job search. “If you are looking in D.C., consider Baltimore or Richmond,” he said. “If you’re looking in Chicago, try Milwaukee and St. Louis, too. You need to be casting a wider net in this market.”