Proper Form For Contacting Alumni?

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Aston2412
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Proper Form For Contacting Alumni?

Postby Aston2412 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:42 pm

Wondering if anyone could describe the proper way to contact an alum for your law school, working at a firm of your choice (and possibly well out of your reach) and how to go about building those connections that will yield returns either in OCI or direct writes.

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Re: Proper Form For Contacting Alumni?

Postby ran12 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:38 pm

Aston2412 wrote:Wondering if anyone could describe the proper way to contact an alum for your law school, working at a firm of your choice (and possibly well out of your reach) and how to go about building those connections that will yield returns either in OCI or direct writes.


I would email first. Introduce yourself and ask if the person has time to do an informational interview. They basically know why you're reaching out to them but it's always better to start off more subtle with the informational. After that, keep in touch and meet every once in a while or something like that.

If they really like you, they'll prob make more of an effort to keep in touch but a lot of people will keep holding off meeting or never get back to you after the informational. Those people only respond to give themselves the self satisfaction of at least putting the effort in to help someone from their school but in reality they're doing nothing. Once you identify those people don't bother making the effort on your part to keep in touch anymore. It's a dead end.

When you initially email but can't get them to respond back, just call them. It may be perceived as a more ballsy move but people genuinely like a call more than email a lot of the time b/c of the personal touch. This might be esp. true for the older alum who also happen to be in position to help you more.

The alum who are a few years out might not be the best ones to contact. Always stick to partners and counsels who have a history at the firm. The younger associates are better if you get desperate and it's possible you get lucky and find someone who can actually help you.




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