Anonymous User wrote:
RSG wrote:Reaching out to alumni is a great idea, but you can do one better. I took an approach that many had suggested in similiar threads, and it has worked so far. Find someone at a target firm with a similar background - ideally, from your law school, however, it can be anything from hometown, to undergrad, to proclaimed interest in college basketball. Send them a kind, professional e-mail in which you, "having seen all the success they have had with [insert similar background trait]," want to get their ADVICE. <-This is key. Ask for help, you might get it 2 times out of 10. Ask for advice, you'll get help 8 times out of 10.
And when I say ask for advice, I mean ask them to meet for coffee, lunch etc. Or if you are in a different area from your target location, a phone call. It's not bad - people are interesting, and if you want to litigate, you need to learn how to network. That person is more likely to pass your resume along to a hiring partner once they can put a face or story with it.
This has worked for me. Too many firms with stacks of resumes for mass-mailing to work. Set yourself apart.
Dispirited Gibson Dunn rejectee here again. Thanks. Do you say what you want advice on? Advice on getting hired by their firm? Advice on becoming a litigator in X city? (I guess the "exploiting the shared background trait" thing makes sense. So much of the recruitment mail I get includes a list of attorneys at the firm who clerked on the same court as me, so I guess if they can do it to recruit me, it makes sense for me to do it to try to get their attention.)
Apologies for clogging this message board with these questions, but I'd imagine others have them too, so this might be helpful to more than just me. I'm just so awful at networking--it is a wonder I've gotten as far as I have.
100% agree with previous poster. I've done the same thing and gotten very good response rates. I usually send off an email saying that I'm interested in the firm's structure/place in the market (I like boutiques, so lots of boutique founders take great pride in talking about how they got to where they are in the market), their practice area (with specifics and try to mention a case that I've worked on in the same area), or their career path (if they bounced around firms or switched between government and firms).
I'd say I get a response 90% of the time. Most lead to meetings, probably 30% lead to multiple meetings, and 25% lead to a referral with another attorney or an interview.
The big thing I'd say is don't be scared to reach out to partners. They can do way more for you, have a more developed career arc, and tend to share more valuable information.
edit: So here's what I'm sitting on right now:
1. scheduled interview with a solid lit boutique
2. potential interview with Amlaw 100 firm
3. working on scheduling an interview for an inhouse position (I know, weird but sounds like a really cool opportunity)
4. potential interview with a lit boutique that I interviewed with last year.
I started sending out apps in earnest about 3 weeks ago. Gonna keep setting up info interviews and pounding pavement. Seems like the litigation market in my district is sloowwwwww, so I'm gonna see how it looks in a month and possibly expand to transactional positions.