Bronck wrote:Couple Question
1) I was thinking of mass mailing smaller firms in my home market. Do firms generally compensate 1L summer associates? Or are there many that don't? Is there any way to find this out for particular firms?
2) Are there any things you should necessarily cut out of a writing sample? Or if they request 5-10 pages, and you have something 8 pages, it's OK to just send the whole thing?
I have a smaller home market and all of the firms there compensate 1Ls. In fact, I haven't found a firm that doesn't compensate 1Ls, although I'm not sure how small of firms you're going. NALP occasionally lists 1L job salaries so you can look there. However, smaller firms sometimes aren't on NALP so you may just have to ask someone who's worked there before.
As for the writing sample, we were told to use all of it if it was within the page limit. However, if we wanted to cut some information out (they suggested the facts section) that we just put in brackets that it was removed. Also, they told us to indicate on our writing sample cover letters that it was an abridged/edited version.