I've stuck to email even when no general email is listed. It eliminates the posisbility of misspelling the name and having the receptionist respell the name N xs.
I dont understand. Even if you send an email, you still have to address that email to someone.
Yeah, either "To whom it may concern" or "Dear Recruiting Coordinator"...that's "someone".
If the firm provides a recruiting email without someone's name, I've just sent a "To Whom It May Concern" or "Dear Human Resources" and asked for a person's name. They don't seem to mind, perhaps even like the notion that I took the effort to find out. If the firm doesnt list a recruiting email, I try to contact one of my school's alum (1st looking for a ls alum, then ug if no ls alum). Sometimes they'll tell you to direct it to them and they'll deliver it to HR. With that said, I think it's good practice ot contact at least one alum at the firm youre applying and seek out an informational interview. This has made the biggest difference in my employment for firms that Ive emailed my materials, even at biglaw firms.