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Law Students => Job Search => Topic started by: ABDomega on November 17, 2008, 07:30:21 AM

Title: Possible job opportunity
Post by: ABDomega on November 17, 2008, 07:30:21 AM
I ran into a college acquaintence during the summer who works in the corporate department of a small firm in my city. Since I was looking for jobs after graduation he told me to shoot him an email. I sent him a cover letter and resume noting that I was interested in corporate law and that I was taking a finance transaction concentration at school.

In his reply, he stated that his firm is growing but is very need specific and that the corporate department (6 attorneys) is trying to grow. He asked me to describe specifically what I would like to do for him.

My question is how do I tailor my response email?

At this point, I'm willing to start from the bottom and work my way up in anything transactional. But I really don't know what this involves other than review of contracts. I don't want to necessarily tell him this because I don't want to come across as desperate or naive.

What would be the best way to handle this?
Title: Re: Possible job opportunity
Post by: Matthies on November 17, 2008, 07:56:24 AM
go to your schools law library, see what books they have on corprate law, do a west law search for law review artciles, skim these resources so you can get a small but working knowladge of the legal practice. See if there is a corprate law section of your local bar, do they have a website, newsletter, that should tell you what some current issue are the in he filed. Your a law student, you should know how to research by now, do it. You don't have to beome an expert, just familer with the diffrent types of practice and terms of art, then list the ones that intrest you. The end by saying your a hardworker, eager to leran, team player who would love the opptunity to work with the firm's lawyers in strengtheing the corprate department and brining in new buisness. Good luck!
Title: Re: Possible job opportunity
Post by: ABDomega on November 17, 2008, 01:29:48 PM
Thank you. I sent him an email and will hope for the best.
Title: Re: Possible job opportunity
Post by: just Trev on November 17, 2008, 01:57:57 PM
go to your schools law library, see what books they have on corprate law, do a west law search for law review artciles, skim these resources so you can get a small but working knowladge of the legal practice. See if there is a corprate law section of your local bar, do they have a website, newsletter, that should tell you what some current issue are the in he filed. Your a law student, you should know how to research by now, do it. You don't have to beome an expert, just familer with the diffrent types of practice and terms of art, then list the ones that intrest you. The end by saying your a hardworker, eager to leran, team player who would love the opptunity to work with the firm's lawyers in strengtheing the corprate department and brining in new buisness. Good luck!

god...matthies is freakin' sick.  he could land a cooley grad a v100 SA gig from the bottom of the class with his ill kill advice...
Title: Re: Possible job opportunity
Post by: ABDomega on December 12, 2008, 08:46:52 AM
Well, nearly a month later I finally get a phone call from the firm. I scheduled an interview with the firm for next week. Though I showed interest in corporate law, I will interviewing with a senior trial attorney in the litigation department. I don't know if she is just the one who does interviews or if they have a slot in the litigation department but I'll find that out next week.

Title: Re: Possible job opportunity
Post by: just Trev on December 12, 2008, 08:46:02 PM
please refer to my previous post detailing the probable outcome of your situation...
Title: Re: Possible job opportunity
Post by: logickills on December 12, 2008, 09:15:33 PM
good luck abd.  the economy blows so i'll be pulling for you.
Title: Re: Possible job opportunity
Post by: ABDomega on December 13, 2008, 05:52:18 AM
please refer to my previous post detailing the probable outcome of your situation...

Yes, very constructive. Thank you.
Title: Re: Possible job opportunity
Post by: ABDomega on December 13, 2008, 05:52:55 AM
good luck abd.  the economy blows so i'll be pulling for you.

I appreciate it. I won't assume anything considering the market.
Title: Re: Possible job opportunity
Post by: ABDomega on January 03, 2009, 05:11:29 PM
Got the job. Whether it pans out to a full-time attorney position is yet to be seen.
Title: Re: Possible job opportunity
Post by: ksully on January 06, 2009, 08:09:05 AM
Congrats. Is a contract position? Was it with corporate or trial?
Title: Re: Possible job opportunity
Post by: ABDomega on January 06, 2009, 10:49:29 AM
Congrats. Is a contract position? Was it with corporate or trial?

Thanks. No contract. It's at will.

Department is commercial litigation.
Title: Re: Possible job opportunity
Post by: Bob Loblaw Esq. on January 06, 2009, 11:37:50 AM
did the firm specify that this is some sort of temp position that may lead to an atty position? otherwise, how is an at-will atty position not a full-time atty position?  my understanding is that most atty gigs are at-will, as opposed to under contract.
Title: Re: Possible job opportunity
Post by: ABDomega on January 06, 2009, 02:51:24 PM
I'm not sure how to fit the position in to either of those titles.

This is simply a law clerk position. I am working part-time until the end of school year. That's it.

I do know that the firm is interested in growing. I also know that the last person they hired was their law clerk from the previous summer. He is now an associate.

If the firm needs a commercial litigator after I pass the bar, I hope they will consider me for the position. If not, I will chalk this up as experience and move on.

I just want to make it clear that I am not a lawyer, nor has the firm insinuated that I will be.