akili wrote:I found an alumni from my law school doing the work I want to, in the city I want to, and with a firm I'm really interested in. Obviously I should contact her, but I'm not sure how to phrase the email.
Do I just say I'm interested in working in that city and in the practice group she's in? I don't want to cross any etiquette lines and I haven't seen an example of what to mail alumni.
"Dear Mr(s). xxxxx:
My name is Xxxx Xxxxxx , and I am a second-year student at XXX. I apologize if this seems a little forward, but I am sending out applications to firms in other cities for a summer position, and I noticed that you received your JD from XXX as well. As I am very interested in the XXX area and specifically in your practice area, I was hoping you might be able to give me some guidance on who to contact.Why you like the city / area, some personal details. Keep it short, a couple-three lines. Enough they know it's not a form email.
I understand that you are very busy, but given my interest in the city and in your practice area, I thought it worth a try to get in contact with you.
Thanks for your time, and I hope to hear from you soon.
Something like that worked well for me.