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Cold Mailing F500 General Counsel's Offices

Postby pottedplants » Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:47 pm

Hey TLS,

I'm gearing up to cold-mail the GC offices of a few F500 companies I'm interested in.

Is there a protocol for this? Other than just sending a letter that says hi, I'm interested in your company - do you offer any legal summer gigs?

Does anyone have a sample letter for something like this?


Thanks!

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Re: Cold Mailing F500 General Counsel's Offices

Postby 2014 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:54 pm

I think that's basically the best you can do, though it is a legitimate challenge because it can be tougher to find the right email address for in house summer things.

I would do it through an alum if there are any in house there. Going straight to the GC is likely to get overlooked in my opinion.

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Re: Cold Mailing F500 General Counsel's Offices

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:40 pm

2014 wrote:I think that's basically the best you can do, though it is a legitimate challenge because it can be tougher to find the right email address for in house summer things.

I would do it through an alum if there are any in house there. Going straight to the GC is likely to get overlooked in my opinion.


I work as a junior in-house counsel at a large software company ('12 grad). I just want to chime in and second this idea. If I got a mail from a student at my alma mater I would definitely forward it on to the right person. Heck, I remember how hard my own job search was.

My GC, on the other hand, is incredibly busy and much less likely to respond.

You should check with your career services office (or maybe an office of alumni engagement?) about alumni at these companies first. I think you will get a much higher response rate from alums.

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Re: Cold Mailing F500 General Counsel's Offices

Postby pottedplants » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:46 pm

Awesome, great tip. Thanks guys.

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Re: Cold Mailing F500 General Counsel's Offices

Postby nealric » Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:05 pm

Your best bet will be to find someone who works at the company- doesn't necessarily need to be in the law department. If you don't know anybody at all, see if the career services department knows of an alum. Even someone at a different company in the same practice area could help. A forward from an internal person is MUCH more valuable than a cold email to the GC.

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Re: Cold Mailing F500 General Counsel's Offices

Postby thatgirlthere » Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:46 pm

I interned in a GC's office, where they said that they never advertised for the position. Look on LinkedIn to see if there have been any legal interns that worked there. Also, HR might know. I didn't go through them for my position, but they did handle our paychecks.




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