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email signature for dual degree

Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:13 pm
by alenvers
Hi, I am new here but I wanted to get some input from a larger audience because the few people I have discussed this with have differing opinions. For those of you in a dual degree program, and both degrees are from the same university, but different schools within the university, how do you structure your email signature? Do you use one and list both schools, or have a separate one for each school and use whichever is more relevant to the particular email? I don't want it to be too long or redundant... I've already spent too much time on this lol. E.g.

First Last
Managing Editor | XXXXX University XXXXX Law Journal
J.D. / M.D. Candidate, 2021
XXXXXX University Law School
XXXXXX University School of Medicine
email@XXXXXX.edu | Phone#

Re: email signature for dual degree

Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:25 pm
by tomwatts
I never had a signature like that when I was a joint degree student, but if I had, I would've listed both. It adds clarity.

Re: email signature for dual degree

Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:18 pm
by Kummel
First Last
email@XXXXXX.edu | Phone#

Re: email signature for dual degree

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:10 am
by kalvano
Long emails signatures are terrible. Mine doesn’t even say “attorney.” Name, number, email, firm, all in two lines. Don’t put all that crap in your email as a student.

Re: email signature for dual degree

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:47 pm
by alenvers
thanks for the advice! I shortened it to 3 lines.

Re: email signature for dual degree

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:01 pm
by ClubberLang
You should shorten it to 0 lines. And even if you do keep it for whatever reason, for the love of humanity don't put your email address in your signature.

Re: email signature for dual degree

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:18 pm
by grand inquisitor
you should consider adding a motivational quote underneath the 5th line

Re: email signature for dual degree

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:44 pm
by mjb447
"Please consider the environment before printing this email."

Re: email signature for dual degree

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:25 pm
by tomwatts
ClubberLang wrote:And even if you do keep it for whatever reason, for the love of humanity don't put your email address in your signature.

It's pretty common, but I have regularly wondered what on earth the use of an email address in a signature is. It's already in the From: field. Why do you also need it in the sig?

I don't want the answer to be, "Because people are stupid and bad at technology," but that's all I've got at the moment.

Re: email signature for dual degree

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:11 am
by makingthemove
tomwatts wrote:
ClubberLang wrote:And even if you do keep it for whatever reason, for the love of humanity don't put your email address in your signature.

It's pretty common, but I have regularly wondered what on earth the use of an email address in a signature is. It's already in the From: field. Why do you also need it in the sig?

I don't want the answer to be, "Because people are stupid and bad at technology," but that's all I've got at the moment.


Law is a service. You want to make things easy, very easy, for your clients. Some people print e-mails to read things. Many companies use an e-mail software that will only print the name of the sender without the e-mail address. Having the e-mail address in the signature allows the client to send a quick "approved" in his dinky cell phone after reading the printout without having to search his e-mail inbox for your original message. Do I think this is dumb? Yes. Do I do it? Yes. I do plenty of really seemingly dumb things to make life easy for the client.

Re: email signature for dual degree

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:15 am
by ClubberLang
tomwatts wrote:
ClubberLang wrote:And even if you do keep it for whatever reason, for the love of humanity don't put your email address in your signature.

It's pretty common, but I have regularly wondered what on earth the use of an email address in a signature is. It's already in the From: field. Why do you also need it in the sig?

I don't want the answer to be, "Because people are stupid and bad at technology," but that's all I've got at the moment.


Christ, I'm such a hypocrite. Just examined my work signature and realized both email address and fax number are in there. I have never received a fax. Promptly removed email address and fax from sig...feeling good.