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What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:44 pm
by Anonymous User
So there are firms I bid on, but for one reason or another through the lottery I didn't get an interview. I wanted to know what the custom is (if there is one at all) for how I can try to snag an interview with these firms. Mailing? Showing up first thing the day of? Sending flowers?

Any and all advice is appreciated. And if this was already explained in a different thread I apologize ahead of time.

Re: What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:48 pm
by GeePee
Anonymous User wrote:So there are firms I bid on, but for one reason or another through the lottery I didn't get an interview. I wanted to know what the custom is (if there is one at all) for how I can try to snag an interview with these firms. Mailing? Showing up first thing the day of? Sending flowers?

Any and all advice is appreciated. And if this was already explained in a different thread I apologize ahead of time.

There are a couple of things you can do. First, you can email them with your materials and say that although you didn't receive an interview through the lottery, you are still very interested in the firm and would like them to consider your application. This could result in either a mass mail--style callback, or the firm making room for an extra 20 minute interview slot.

If that doesn't work, hawk the add/drop list each morning and jump on any availabilities. People have told me that this is more effective than you might think.

Re: What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:58 pm
by Anonymous User
Do you just e-mail the recruiter your resume and transcript, with a short note in the body of the e-mail explaining the situation?

edit: not OP, fwiw

Re: What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:54 pm
by kurla88
Anonymous User wrote:Do you just e-mail the recruiter your resume and transcript, with a short note in the body of the e-mail explaining the situation?

edit: not OP, fwiw


Yes.

If you're at a desirable school, put "X Law 2L" in the subject line.

Re: What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:59 pm
by IzziesGal
Firms also usually host hospitality suites. Show up with your resume and in interview attire, express interest, and say you didn't get a spot through the lottery. If they like you, they will tend to meet with you before or after regular interviewing hours.

Re: What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:03 am
by Headybrah
IzziesGal wrote:Firms also usually host hospitality suites. Show up with your resume and in interview attire, express interest, and say you didn't get a spot through the lottery. If they like you, they will tend to meet with you before or after regular interviewing hours.


so - if I have two preselects for an off campus interview program, its worth it to go because I might be able to grab an extra interview?

nice

Re: What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:35 am
by shadow.
When emailing firms that I bid on, but for which I did not get a lottery slot, what should I include in the email?

Should it be like a cover letter- explaining my interest in the firm or just say, I bid on you, but did not get you. Attached is resume and unofficial transcript?

Not sure if it changes anything, but I'm at GULC in the top 10%.

Thanks!

Re: What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:43 am
by Cupidity
shadow. wrote:When emailing firms that I bid on, but for which I did not get a lottery slot, what should I include in the email?

Should it be like a cover letter- explaining my interest in the firm or just say, I bid on you, but did not get you. Attached is resume and unofficial transcript?

Not sure if it changes anything, but I'm at GULC in the top 10%.

Thanks!


Keep the email short and sweet, salutation, my name is X and I am a 2L at school Y, although I didn't get an interview I am still very interested in your firm. I have attached my resume/cl/writing sample?/grade sheet.

Sincerely

Then attach a formal cover letter as a seperate document.

Re: What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:09 am
by Anonymous User
Cupidity wrote:
shadow. wrote:When emailing firms that I bid on, but for which I did not get a lottery slot, what should I include in the email?

Should it be like a cover letter- explaining my interest in the firm or just say, I bid on you, but did not get you. Attached is resume and unofficial transcript?

Not sure if it changes anything, but I'm at GULC in the top 10%.

Thanks!


Keep the email short and sweet, salutation, my name is X and I am a 2L at school Y, although I didn't get an interview I am still very interested in your firm. I have attached my resume/cl/writing sample?/grade sheet.

Sincerely

Then attach a formal cover letter as a seperate document.

A long cover letter is probably unnecessary for a lottery firm. Short and sweet e-mail explaining you didn't get them in the lottery should probably be enough. That and a resume.

Re: What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:41 am
by JetSetter68
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Re: What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:46 pm
by Anonymous User
I am a transfer student that went from a pre-select school to a lottery school. I got quite a few pre-selects and I sent an email asking for interviews at the new school OCI (only for the firms I didn't get via lottery of course). So far I have gotten 4 new interviews either at lunch or end of the day from the firm willing to meet with me. This is definitely worth a shot and shows initiative so I think people like that.

Re: What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:55 pm
by lawblahblah
I did not send a cover letter, just attached a resume. I sent one paragraph emails to 6 firms and have setup interviews with 4 of those firms. It is definitely worth the 15 minutes it takes to email the firms. I think it is fine to keep it short and just show an interest. A cover letter may be more valuable the closer you are to their GPA cutoff, who knows.

Re: What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:22 pm
by quiver
Who did you guys send the email to? I don't see any contact info on symplicty

Re: What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:32 pm
by Anonymous User
I've had pretty good luck emailing w/o a cover letter. Lower T14, median-ish.

Re: What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:59 pm
by Na_Swatch
kurla88 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Do you just e-mail the recruiter your resume and transcript, with a short note in the body of the e-mail explaining the situation?

edit: not OP, fwiw


Yes.

If you're at a desirable school, put "X Law 2L" in the subject line.


Should you do this? I just put Summer Associate Application... it seems kind of strange to blatantly throw your school into the subject line, dunno

Re: What can I do about the firms I didn't get in the lottery?

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:20 pm
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:I've had pretty good luck emailing w/o a cover letter. Lower T14, median-ish.


How long did it take them to get back to you?