Below are some thoughts for writing effective cover letters to law firms. I will expand on each of these take away points (TAPs) in postings to follow. Write several people Be perfect — tiny details matter State how you can add value Show committment to practice area Set up follow-up contact
Writing an eye-catching cover letter is helpful, but persistent follow-up is key. In my experience (both personally and from mentoring), it is not likely that you will hear something positive back from the perspective top law firm after one round of correspondence. The standard rejection letter probably sent by a non-lawyer, manager type is the common response. Do not stop after this first round! Instead, think of good reasons that […]
From my experience, the dream law firm job has decent, thoughtful partners (and associates) who are generally pleasant to work with and learn from. High quality work is also very important but it seems to me that it would not be enjoyable to work with extremely difficult people no matter how stimulating the projects. On the other hand, mediocre work with good people does not sound so bad. Thoughts?
Recently, a prospective law student asked me this question. To succeed at a big law firm and ultimately make partner, isn’t all about the billable hour? No. It is more than that. The billable hour tally is very important but it is also about the “business” of practicing law which is basically sales — selling yourself to the law firm to land the job, selling yourself […]