Anonymous User wrote:3L at a top 50 school here. I rank in the top 30%, on LR and participated on a moot court team. I worked for the government for my summers (Public Defenders and the Attorney Generals).
I sent off an OCI application at the firm that I want to work at and they declined to interview me. I sought an entry level position, but they ended up interviewing only 2Ls. I am graduating early and I realize that they were looking solely for a summer associate. Also, I go to school in the state I want to practice in, but I realize that the fact that I am from out of state makes me seem like more of a flight risk.
I know someone who has clerked at the firm and I am beginning the process of trying to get their attention. What is your advice for a 3L in my position? What should I do to get their attention? How bad is the fact that they declined to interview me in the past?
My friend who clerked there has given me the name of the hiring partner. What is the most effective way to make an initial positive contact with the firm?
Sorry for answering a question with a series of questions here, but I'm going to do it anyway so that I don't just end up reiterating previous posts (not a complaint, this is a good question).
I assume your friend doesn't work there anymore, correct? If not, and assuming he/she parted on good terms, does she know any other people to recommend?
If she's on good terms with the hiring chair, it's fine for her to make the introduction. If not, you might want to make a person that she is close to your initial contact. Assuming that's a possibility, I'd just make a phone call and offer to buy a cup of coffee. During that meeting you can tout all of the direct experience you got working for the government (assume you got a pretty good shot, even as an intern) and ask for an introduction to the hiring chair.
If all else fails, give a shout to the hiring chair, but then you run the risk of him looking back through their database, seeing that you weren't given an interview, and blowing you off.