NYC attorney shares 'unhinged' email from an entitled undergrad

Harvard-educated attorney shares ‘unhinged’ email she received from an entitled undergrad slamming her for declining to mentor him for FREE on how to get into a top law school

  • NYC-based privacy lawyer Cece, 30, graduated from Harvard Law and lectures at Yale, where she went for undergrad
  • She has earned millions of likes for her TikTok videos about being a lawyer, and has offered a lot of advice online
  • Recently, a college student emailed her to request a ten-minute phone call to discuss law school admissions
  • She replied that she doesn’t have time for one-on-one sessions but referred him to advice she has given online and wished him luck
  • He responded with an extremely rude email insisting she had time, mocking her social media following, and accusing her of being aggressive

A New York City attorney shared the ‘unhinged’ email she received from an entitled university undergrad after she declined his request to speak on the phone about law school admissions.

Cece Xie, a privacy lawyer and Yale University lecturer, frequently shares advice and other content about being a lawyer on her popular TikTok page — but one young man seeking some personal, one-on-one advice was incredibly unhappy when Cece told him she didn’t have time to mentor him directly.

Cece, 30, has shared the rude, inappropriate email he sent back, in which he insisted that she must have the time, mocked her social media following, and accused her of of ‘microagressive civility.’

NYC-based privacy lawyer Cece graduated from Harvard Law and lectures at Yale. She has earned millions of likes for her TikTok videos about being a lawyer

Recently, a college student emailed her to request a ten-minute phone call to discuss law school admissions

Cece, who attended Harvard Law, works as both an associate at a New York City law firm and also a lecturer at Yale — in addition to producing popular viral content on social media.

Last week, that viral content included her putting the college student on blast with a TikTok video that has been viewed 1.5 million times.

Mercifully, she hid his identity by referring to him only by his middle name, Benjamin. 

‘I just received the most unhinged email,’ she said. ‘It’s a good example of what not to do when you’re trying to network within your profession or find a mentor.’

Benjamin’s first email is professional enough, if a bit verbose.

‘I am currently enrolled at [redacted] for undergrad; I have plenty to say (ask rather), but I was wondering if you’d deign to share 10 minutes with me telephonically to discuss law school admissions (attempting to matriculate into Duke Law) and post-graduated opportunities?’ he wrote. 

‘I am a big fan of your YouTube, and I can assure you it will not be [obscured] your time,’ he concludes.

Cece responded with her ‘general policy,’ which is that she doesn’t do one-on-ones.

‘Thanks for reaching out!’ she wrote to him. ‘I unfortunately don’t have time to have one-on-ones with everyone who reaches out to me, but please check out [website] and my TikTok playlists for answers to some common questions I receive about law school and a legal career.

‘If your question still isn’t answered, feel free to submit it to me via the Ask Cece features on my website. Hope this helps, and good luck!’ she concluded.

Though Benjamin had written in his initial email asking Cece to ‘deign’ to speak to him, it immediately became clear in his next email that he didn’t actually believe it would be such a favor. 

He responded with an extremely rude email insisting she had time, mocking her social media following, and accusing her of being aggressive

With no greeting at the beginning of his email, he began: ‘I have an extremely hard time believing you “following” is that abundant. You have plenty of time for a 10-minute call.

‘It costs you nothing, makes you nothing. But it makes sense: You are still young and had to fight hard for the position(s) you occupy currently. You will become more charitable and altruistic as you age and gain material success.

‘Just remember, there is always time. Go tell Jeff Bezos (or even your senior partner for that matter) that you don’t have time. 

‘Lastly, 9/10 of the dolts hitting you up are just time-sucking tire kickers that have no potential. Thanks for your microaggressive civility.’

Cece was clearly put off by the email — but also noted that Benjamin’s behavior will only hurt him professionally.

‘My first inclination was to email your college, email Duke Law admissions, and also email your employer that was in your email signature,’ she said. 

‘Law is a small world… And if I’ve had a bad experience with someone, I’m gonna tell the truth,’ she said

‘But, I know that professionalism dictates that you should never send emails or other communications in the heat of the moment. Like Benjamin did.

‘Law is a small world, and I’ve gotten questions from friends before, looking to hire my former colleagues or acquaintances. And if I’ve had a bad experience with someone, I’m gonna tell the truth.

‘So, Benjamin, for your sake, I hope our paths never cross again,’ she concluded. 

Comments have also mocked Benjamin for his behavior, as well as his emailing habits.

‘Bro was trying so hard to sound smart,’ wrote one, while another described him as ‘someone who clicks “synonyms” on Microsoft to try to find a longer word.’ 

Comments have also mocked Benjamin for his behavior, as well as his emailing habits

‘My man was making that thesaurus work overtime in that first email,’ said one woman.

‘The level of entitelment is just insane,’ said another woman.

Others called him ‘insufferable,’ ’embarassing,’ ‘wild,’ ‘unbelievable,’ and someone showing ‘insane narcissism.’

‘People feel so entitled when reaching out now, it’s so odd,’ wrote commenter.

‘The fact that he genuinely believes he’s entitled to a one-on-one time when your whole thing is free educational content for everyone,’ said another. 

‘My jaw is on the floor. The audacity…’ wrote yet another. 

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