Merr wrote: Rule11 wrote:
Connections that might help you get biglaw that you otherwise would not have gotten:
- Close family member is GC or Deputy GC of an important client
- Close family friend is the hiring partner, or on the hiring or executive committee
- You're having an affair with the hiring partner
Connections that won't help:
- Pretty much everything else
Note that having a family member who's a partner at the firm probably won't help you, because most firms have fairly strict anti-nepotism norms (and sometimes hard rules).
Does the bolded part really work? I have a close relative who is an important client of a sizable law firm, but I didn't think to pursue it since I am not that interested in that kind of work and did not think large clients had all that much influence in hiring. Even so I think it is good to know just in case. How does one exactly go about turning such a connection into employment?
"Hi Uncle Client!! It's your nephew Student calling, and was wondering if you could help me out. As you know, I'm in law school and the legal economy is awful. I have decent grades, but not really quite good enough to work at Biglaw firm you send all your very valuable business to. Do you think you could put in a good word for me next time you talk to your contact at Biglaw firm -- I'd really appreciate it. I'll be sure to send you my resume so you have it. Thanks!!"
Notes: 1) fill in appropriate names and try to do this in person, preferably with some small talk (or beers) beforehand. 2) If your grades aren't even close to the minimum for the firm, you also probably don't have a shot, so don't make Uncle Client look bad.