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Is Sending Thank Yous to Everyone Expected at End of SA

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:50 pm

I heard someone mention they were doing this; over the top right? Also wouldn't it just be a mild annoyance for the partners? I was planning on emailing my mentors and people I interacted with regularly, but not all my supervising attorneys on each matter.

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Re: Is Sending Thank Yous to Everyone Expected at End of SA

Post by mardash » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:13 pm

u do u, don't worry about it

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Re: Is Sending Thank Yous to Everyone Expected at End of SA

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:25 pm

When I summered, I gave hand-written notes to my associate mentor and two of the associates I worked most closely with (I didn't work super closely with any partners). I think any more than that would be over the top.

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Re: Is Sending Thank Yous to Everyone Expected at End of SA

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:33 pm

FWIW, I'm planning to send emails to my mentors, the attorneys I've worked closely with, and my secretary.

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Re: Is Sending Thank Yous to Everyone Expected at End of SA

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:12 pm

Well, it's not necessary. Unless you really want to express your gratitude.

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Re: Is Sending Thank Yous to Everyone Expected at End of SA

Post by Keilz » Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:48 pm

I just sent quick “thank you and look forward to working with you in the future “emails to the associates on the matters I worked on with.

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Re: Is Sending Thank Yous to Everyone Expected at End of SA

Post by dvlthndr » Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:59 pm

It can't hurt (and it can be a nice gesture), but don't feel obligated to do so.

It won't impact offer-letters, and I don't think it's really expected.

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Re: Is Sending Thank Yous to Everyone Expected at End of SA

Post by Anonymous User » Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:42 am

I sent a short email to my partner mentor, associate mentor, and a couple of associates I worked very closely with. In the Fall my associate mentor made partner, and I sent an email then too.

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Re: Is Sending Thank Yous to Everyone Expected at End of SA

Post by Dcc617 » Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:41 am

Doubtful anyone will remember by the time you actually start at the firm. Also not expected for you to do.

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Re: Is Sending Thank Yous to Everyone Expected at End of SA

Post by Lacepiece23 » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:45 pm

It’s something I’d remember. I have a long memory for that type of stuff. And I’d try to look out for the summer that showed some appreciation when he/she started. That’s just me though.

Might be worth it if one of the associates with whom you worked is anything like me.

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Re: Is Sending Thank Yous to Everyone Expected at End of SA

Post by FedFan123 » Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:43 pm

Keilz wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:48 pm
I just sent quick “thank you and look forward to working with you in the future “emails to the associates on the matters I worked on with.
Except they’ll all be gone by the time you return full time

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Re: Is Sending Thank Yous to Everyone Expected at End of SA

Post by Tr3 » Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:10 pm

Second year associate here. Similar to others, when I was a summer, I sent hand-written thank you notes to mentors and associates I worked with, but it didn't seem expected. Now as an associate, I didn't even think about getting any sort of a thank you note until I got a couple emails on the last day from my mentee and some other summers I met. This was really appreciated and was a way for us to communicate an intent to stay in touch after the summer ends. If you are considering sending a note, emails are totally fine, especially given many programs were remote this summer. But you are not obligated to send any note if you don't want to.

As a sad-but-true side story, when I gave an associate a thank you note at one of the firms I summered at, she gave me a hug and almost started crying and said, "I really appreciate this because we don't get a lot of thanks around here." That was pretty sad. Needless to say, I didn't go back to that firm (for a number of reasons).

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Re: Is Sending Thank Yous to Everyone Expected at End of SA

Post by notinbiglaw » Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:18 am

It's usually not expected. I didn't send them because I felt like all the associates/partners that I worked with would remember me.

But I think this year may be an exception. You presumably did a lot of work from home and had less contact with associates and partners than usual and there is a good chance a lot of people you work with couldn't put a face to your name. Under these circumstances, I think you should send thank you notes and just indicate you look forward to working with them next year.

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Re: Is Sending Thank Yous to Everyone Expected at End of SA

Post by Lacepiece23 » Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:53 pm

notinbiglaw wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:18 am
It's usually not expected. I didn't send them because I felt like all the associates/partners that I worked with would remember me.

But I think this year may be an exception. You presumably did a lot of work from home and had less contact with associates and partners than usual and there is a good chance a lot of people you work with couldn't put a face to your name. Under these circumstances, I think you should send thank you notes and just indicate you look forward to working with them next year.
In this market, I’d do every little thing that might help. I noticed that the work product we did get was better than in most years. It may sound like a little thing, but could make the difference.

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