6lehderjets wrote:I posted this in HLS marginal candidate guide, but I'd get your imput as well.
Since mass mail is such a crap shoot and quantity is crucial, what are your thoughts on just emailing a resume, transcript, and writing sample? And just putting in your email that a cover letter is available on request.
This would go immediately in my trash.
The key to mass mailing is convincing the reader of your materials that you aren't mass mailing. What you propose is the exact oposite. It's like screaming "I'm desperate and lazy and don't care what job I get." This attitude isn't one of the hallmarks of someone most places want to hire.
Also IMHO, though OP and others may disagree, I think sending writing samples if they are not specifically requested is a bad idea. Legal writing is an acquired talent. Whatever sample you have is likely really bad in comparison to the work I'm used to reading. If I'm not in a "I'm reading a law student's writing frame of mind" I'm likely to judge your sample quite harshly and it is unlikely to help your application. OTOH, if we've requested writing samples, I'm comparing the work of students with other students and you have (hopefully) a better shot of it standing out in a good way.