Forgive me if this has been discussed earlier in the thread (and if anyone can link it, that would be great), but are you all doing thank you notes? I keep reading conflicting advice and I feel as though it would be a good idea, but I met with 7 people yesterday and just the thought of crafting personalized thank yous is giving me a headache. Frankly, I'm not sure if I can keep track of what I discussed with each one.
I feel you on this. I don't think it was completely determined on this thread.
Did you go to that 1L OCS interview panel (at the end of nov.) where the partners/recruitment directors recommended against sending thank you letters? I was surprised that even a partner who appreciated a really good thank you note recommended against it. His logic was that while they are appreciated, they're not going to turn a decision in your favor, but if there are typos/it's sloppy/inaccurate it could really hurt you (i.e., you say you discussed something with them that actually was discussed with another person... or your letter just sounds awkward). Another hiring partner said that it didn't really make a difference unless it was a nice handwritten one that said something personal--because otherwise its just spam that takes up space in an inbox where she gets over a hundred emails a day, or mail that takes time to open and crumble when her time is really focused on her clients.
I think the overall consensus was that it's a great idea ONLY if you're willing to write a neat, personalized letter without any typos (and good syntax--the partners words). If a partner could look back and consider it to be something quality and meaningful, your name might stick out to them in hiring decisions (but there are a lot of ways to get your name to stick out in a positive light than by a thank you letter that could potentially be risky).
Also, I'm kind of being a corporate asshole and assuming that you're interviews were with law firms when in reality they could've been interviews with people who actually give a shit about you (judges/PI orgs). I think those peeps would appreciate a nice letter (w/ good spelling and syntax).