Anonymous User wrote: Anonymous User wrote: MurdockLLP wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Not your typical candidate, lots of WE etc. but targeting partners with some tie to my past (UG or LS etc.) who work in practice areas where I have work experience, my success rate for getting a screener in the past was at least 1/4-1/5, with both my SA and a lateral position coming from such mailing. This was true even though neither was an "opening" and both had to be positions that were "created: by the partners involved after unsolicited emails. Try to find someone with enough pull, impress the hell out of them and have them go to bat for you in front of their other partners. It can work even if you don't meet the firm's GPA cut offs etc. if several influential partners go and tell HR to make it happen. Its actually kind of funny when HR asks you to fill out a full application package but then says that the writing sample can be anything since it won't be read and they just need a transcript for their files.
What does one of these emails look like? Please PM if you're uncomfortable posting here.
Anon from above, no real secrets, each mail was usually 3 paragraphs, the first being a quick intro and what I thought I could bring to that particular partner's team in terms of value-add right away, the second usually a standard recitation of my background, and then a conclusion with why I chose to reach out to them in particular and why I felt that their practice group might be a good fit. Subject line usually highlighting the connection we shared and that I was inquiring about the XYZ practice at their firm.
I found that the key to getting the letter opened in the first place is a subject that may be interpreted as a vague inquiry for legal services, then you'd have maybe 2-4 lines to get enough of their attention for them to read the rest. I've had roughly equal success with attaching or not attaching a resume in an initial email.
People are busy, grab their attention and hammer home your points quickly or you might as well not waste your time. Don't assume that your one generic letter will get you what you want fired at 100 firms unless you're above median at HYS/CCN.
Would you say close to a full page length cover is too long? How short were your 3 paragraphs? And can you provide an example of a subject line you used?
As with anything you write as a lawyer, length probably doesn't equate well with quality. Its easier to write a 30 page brief than a 10 page brief type of deal. For certain people where I thought I could have substantive items that would help my case I put more in, but curate with a less is more philosophy. Think about being on the receiving end of 300 emails a day. How much time would you give to a piece of spam even if you found the heading etc. funny or interesting. That's the attention span you're dealing with.
As for subject lines, if all you have in common is being an alum of the same school, sometimes a line like:
Inquiry re Software Licensing at Firm XYZ by a fellow ABC alum
You're likely to get a quick look at the body that way just in case its a possible new client.
Partners are people, and human psychology is a big part of doing deals and being a lawyer.