Next you’ll be telling me the widow of that Nigerian general isn’t really going to wire me two million dollars

Here’s a nifty variation on the law school scam, parasitical internet predator division:

Firstlawjob.com provides the following services to its clients:

How The Process Works

I. Fill out the application.

II. Submit payment [$89. An $110 savings from the regular price of $199]

III. A career counselor will contact you via email to discuss career opportunities.

IV. We begin searching and applying for jobs on your behalf through a real-time database of hiring firms, as well as relationships with law firms and legal recruiters.

V. You will be contacted directly by those firms that are interested in you.

Don’t bother to contact the site to try to figure out where, if anywhere, your resume has been submitted though, because:

Since we work with outside recruiters, they do not provide us the name of the Firms

that are considering our candidates for employment. We inform the Firms who we are and that they may receive duplicate resumes directly from our clients. We’ve found that in those rare instances where we duplicate our efforts with our clients, it can’t hurt for a potential employer to see your resume twice.

So Firstlawjob.com doesn’t even purport to contact any employers! It merely claims to send your resume along to “outside recruiters,” whoever those might be.

Of course all of this is immaterial, since the chances of anyone ever getting any legal job via second-hand resume spamming can be safely calculated as zero.

My favorite detail in all this is that the image used on the web site is the first image that’s pulled up if you Google “stock legal image.” Way to go the extra mile guys.

h/t JDU.

24 comments on this post.
  1. John:

    Even what they’re pretending to do doesn’t seem like it could possibly be worth $90.

  2. Scott de B.:

    The $90 fee is the hook. It’s like a lottery ticket. Even if you think your odds are ten thousand to one, you might think it worth it. Of course, your odds are probably much worse than that.

  3. Keaaukane:

    I read it as Firstblowjob.com, which might be a worthwhile site.

    Can one get CLE credit for applying, as these guys are definitely continuing the hopeful grads legal education?

  4. Mister Harvest:

    We’ve found that in those rare instances where we duplicate our efforts with our clients, it can’t hurt for a potential employer to see your resume twice.

    This is, of course, complete bullshit. Any recruiter knows that this situation is one to take strong measures to avoid. They are saying, here, “The chance that we will actually send your resume to a firm with open positions is so low that the odds of a cross-rep are zero.”

  5. Malaclypse:

    It also makes no sense. Their clients are recruiters, not law firms. So the chances of an actual recruiter submitting you both solo and on behalf of this scam are zero, unless the only recruiters they work with are idiots.

  6. Paul Campos:

    Mal, the “clients” referred to are the people forking over $89, who naturally are sending out huge numbers of applications and don’t want to duplicate the efforts being made by this faux headhunter outfit (which I doubt does anything besides collect money from desperate people — AFAIK the only legitimate legal headhunting agencies are those that work with big firms looking for experienced lawyers in specific practice areas, not entry-level people).

  7. Malaclypse:

    But am I wrong that ScamCo only sends (probably unsolicited) to recruiters, who, unless they are completely incompetent, won’t submit twice.

    I mean, I agree that any resumes sent to these guys will end up next to Robert Tilton’s prayer requests, but I just don’t see how duplication would be even theoretically possible.

    I guess my point is that they don’t even seem to be competent at running a scam.

  8. Richard Hershberger:

    I haven’t priced the market recently, but $89 seems high for that, too.

  9. joe from Lowell:

    I read it as Firstblowjob.com

    Just how many people are gong to pay $99 for an eight-second video?

  10. Anonymous:

    [$89. An $110 savings from the regular price of $199]

    “I saved $110 today!”

    “Then how come you have less money now than you had this morning?”

    “I dunno. I are a lawyer, not a MBA.”

  11. a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q):

    One small nitpick. I suspect the chances of anyone ever getting any legal job via second-hand resume spamming can be safely calculated as zero less than zero.

  12. Scott de B.:

    No, what it’s saying that if your resume gets to a company twice, once through their recruiter and once because you mailed it in yourself in response to an ad, no harm done.

  13. The Pale Scot:

    Going OT, this pertains to a discussion about future work prospects (I think) at LGM a few weeks ago.

    Paul here’s a piece/vid about automation in the legal industry.

    http://www.mylegalbriefcase.com/lawyertalk/1226/my-co-worker-is-a-robot—-the-coming-age-of-legal-informatics-

    I won’t have time to watch all of it for a while but you might find it interesting

  14. cpinva:

    a real MBA would figure out a way to leverage that “$110.00 in savings” into at least “$500.00 in savings”.

  15. cpinva:

    for the couple of hundred dollars it cost to create this site, i’m guessing whoever is behind it has turned that into an ROI in the 1,000′s % level. this is much better than the classic nigerian 419 scam. it requires little in the way of actual work done by the scammers, there are probably thousands of desperate job seekers to troll and, at $89, it has a much higher rate of pigeons willing to be sucked in. just a guess, but i wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out this originates in russia, or one of the former bloc countries.

  16. muntz:

    more fun: google the address of the company. its a mail drop.

  17. ddt:

    So I went to look up the address, and that building is also home to a few non-profits, some pest control companies, and this:

    http://www.medicaljobz.com/Contact-.html

    IN THE SAME SUITE.

    With efficiencies like that, how can they not be on the cutting edge of syngergistic eyeball blah blah b-schoolcakes?

  18. Sly:

    So Firstlawjob.com doesn’t even purport to contact any employers! It merely claims to send your resume along to “outside recruiters,” whoever those might be.

    A middleman between you and another middleman. How novel.

  19. LosGatosCA:

    You have to admit a target market made up of people willing to spend $150K of money they have to borrow in anticipation of a job they are never going to get, is a pretty rich vein to tap.

    It’s not the $89 you pay that matters, it’s the $110 you save that’s important.

    I’m sure that they didn’t set the list price at $299 because saving $210 probably makes the deal ‘too good to be true’ and the suckers won’t bite. You have to admire their market research, pricing, and chutzpah.

  20. LosGatosCA:

    It doesn’t have to work, it just has to sell.

  21. LosGatosCA:

    I’m so old I remember when the main internet threat was ‘disintermediation’ .

    Now the only frictionless events are between the bank accounts of the gullible and the predatory.

    The tools of the trade may change, but the flaws of human nature are immutable.

  22. LosGatosCA:

    Not only do these guys get $89 from everyone who signs up, they get an email that they can sell to every organ enlargement, hair replacement, and real estate ‘using other people’s money with nothing down’ scammer.

    It’s not as lucrative as the list Trump got from his brief presidential run, but then again they aren’t having to spend 3-4 months faking a political campaign or being abused at a national press event/dinner, either.

    I think they could go big time if they produced a half hour infomercial that ran right after the 700 Club. They could star Jay Sekulow and Monica Goodling endorsing them and asking the target rich audience for donations to help law students get jobs with God-fearing law firms that combat the war on Christmas, fight to get prayer back in the schools, by funding firstlawjob.com so they can continue to do their good work at a reduced rate, offering Pat Robertson endorsed discounts of $110 to every religiously devoted law graduate who promises to work for the Ten Commandments to be displayed in every courtroom in America. Every pledge of $10 a month gets a free 700 Club coffee mug with simulated personalized signatures of Pat Robertson, Jay, and (the good) Monica. They could update it monthly – over 1 million resumes – with email counts of spamming done on their behalf. Jay could hire one of them periodically to file a 700 Club sponsored friend of the court brief and then have them on the show and the infomercial to express their gratitude for the temporary job made possible by the donations as well as his/her own $89.

    In fact, I’m so excited by this I’m going over to that Internet patent site to get this business model filed and patented for only $149, a savings of over $1000, I’m sure.

  23. Aaron:

    You have to admit, it’s an impressive storefront. No wonder they rake in the bucks.

    The PayPal account is associated with “Roysky Employment Services”, which is not listed in the state’s business entity search. Both sites claim to hold registered trademarks for the domain name, but there’s no record at the USPTO.gov website.

    Job listings for “medicaljobz.com” appear to be posted by one “Sara Treadway”, job listings for “firstlegaljob.com” appear to be posted by “Debbie Fisher”. Real people? Who knows.

    What’s this? They have an “F” rating from the BBB? I’m truly shocked!

  24. TribalistMeathead:

    My thoughts exactly. Can’t even count the number of times a recruiter has told me how bad it looks when two different recruiters submit the same resume for the same position.

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