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Thank You Notes

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:36 pm

(1) If you are typing it; how formal? Should you put a formal address (name of the firm, address, etc) up top, or should you skip that part?

(2) Should you put the full name of the firm (X, Y, and Z LLP) (or just X Y)?

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Re: Thank You Notes

Postby dougroberts » Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:45 pm

Search the forum, you will find lengthy debates on Thank You notes (email vs. typewritten vs. handwritten vs. none at all).

I would put the name of the firm as X, Y, and Z the first time you use it (without the business entity designation, such as LLP or Ltd.). Then, in subsequent references to the firm in the same Thank You note, I would use its short name if it has one (but don't make up a short name). Only use a short name if the firm commonly goes by that name.

I do not think a Thank You letter is necessary. That is overkill, and no partner who bills at $500/hour is going to waste his or her time reading it. It should be a short note, albeit still formal. Moreover, the Thank You note is not the place to brag about your experiences - you should only briefly mention that you are a good fit for the firm because of X, and then move on thanking them for their time.

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Re: Thank You Notes

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:10 am

It's generally recommended against, unless you made some sort of connection with the interviewer.

And actually, I followed up an interview today with a quick email with a link to something that I had mentioned during the interview. The interview was very informal, more of a chat about various things totally unrelated to (a) my resume and (b) the firm. And I felt like we clicked.

In all my other interviews it wouldn't seem either appropriate or necessary.

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Re: Thank You Notes

Postby Hadlendale » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:26 am

Hmmm need some more opinions on this. My school (TTT) heavily encourages thank you notes. We had a mock interview type deal and I sent the guy (partner at a midlaw firm) a short thank you note formalized in a word document afterwards. It was personalized and it referred to some of the stuff we talked about during the interview. His response was very pleasant and he even asked for a copy of my resume "just in case."

Of course if writing thank you notes is thought of as obnoxious in general I have no problem skipping them.

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Re: Thank You Notes

Postby midwestls » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:53 am

Email is fine.

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Re: Thank You Notes

Postby viking138 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:59 am

Hadlendale wrote:Hmmm need some more opinions on this. My school (TTT) heavily encourages thank you notes. We had a mock interview type deal and I sent the guy (partner at a midlaw firm) a short thank you note formalized in a word document afterwards. It was personalized and it referred to some of the stuff we talked about during the interview. His response was very pleasant and he even asked for a copy of my resume "just in case."

Of course if writing thank you notes is thought of as obnoxious in general I have no problem skipping them.


Mock interview is different. They're taking time out of their busy days to help you. Based on asking about a million lawyers, successful 3Ls (i.e. they've gone through the process and gotten a job), I'd say the majority view is to send thank you emails to screening attorney once you get a callback (as a courtesy) and then thank you emails to attorneys you interview with during a callback. Keep it short and sweet (1 line thanking, 1 line saying you enjoyed learning about x -- something unique from the interview).

Again, this is just based on attorneys and 3Ls I've talked to, but it makes intuitive sense to me.




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