About to send an email at a firm I'd want to work for after lawl school, and I have a connection. Basically, my ex from high school (woohoo for rich ex's, right?) is a close family friend of a partner at a boutique firm in my desired specialty. She emailed him awhile ago and he said that it was okay for me to contact him.
For those of you with similar connections, how did you start of the email? I don't even know what subject to put in the email line
My subject was always "XYZ student seeking summer position"
I started off the letter with "I am a student at XYZ, and I write to ask about opportunities as a Summer Associate with ABC LLP. [name of person you know] suggested I contact you [replace "you with name of person you don't know] about possible openings at your firm"
Something like that.
edit: my letters always took the tact of "fishing for info/seeing what's out there/wishing to be considered if there is anything."
Seemed to work okay. I got a few nice responses back, even from people who weren't hiring 1Ls. One of the people I sorta knew told me he sent along a nice note with my materials. I got a couple of responses that were like "Thank's for the inquiry, forwarded your stuff to the director of hiring."