Boutique law firm seeking 'artisan of prose' invites essays that make case for Pulitzer Prize losers
A Washington, D.C, law firm is asking applicants for an associate position to demonstrate their “expositional prowess” by submitting an essay that requires some literary knowledge.
Intellectual property boutique Fisch Sigler says it’s looking for “an artisan of prose” who is “versed in the very best writing, from the present and antiquity.” Candidates should submit three legal writing samples, and are invited to go further by providing an essay. The description of the optional essay is on the firm’s LinkedIn page:
“The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction recognizes many of the greatest stories found between bound covers. But the Pulitzer Board has also passed over some well-known literary works. In 750 words or less, please make the case why the Board should or should not have awarded a Pulitzer Prize to one of the following novels: The Great Gatsby, Invisible Man, or The Handmaid’s Tale.”
It’s not the first time that the law firm has asked for unusual submissions from job candidates. The firm has also asked applicants to solve math problems and write an essay on whether Saul Bellow deserved his 1976 Nobel Prize for Literature.