As far as time? Way too long. From start to finish, this whole process took me 3-4 weeks working pretty hard (although working around ~40h of work per week). That said, now that I know exactly what I'm doing, I think I could repeat this in half the time this took me (I would guess it took me 120h total, but keep in mind that I also e-mailed almost an equal amount of firms).
I don't have any great tips or anything; it really just should have been a much more smooth process for me.And Bears, I'm sure you did nothing wrong.It was a little harder for me, because I am targeting non-vault firms with a summer program, and I wanted to focus on non-NALP firms (although I did include non-Vault firms that were on NALP). I hadn't heard of "Chambers" and just used Martindale.NALP is frequently wrong on the recruiting coordinator name/e-mail, so you have to go to the individual firm's website for every firm. For smaller firms, I made an effort to try and find the practice area that was likely to need the most help, and I crafted my resume/cover letters a little differently with the mail merge script.And, printing everything out was a 25 hour affair, somehow. That part sucked.