Should I Mass Mail My CV to Law Firms?

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This video begins by presenting the honest reality about the law school job hunt: you are on your own. No one is going to find the job for you, even your school’s career services office.

The video then suggests that you get your resume/CV out to as many law firms as possible. While I agree with this advice, I think students who have a lot of connections in the legal industry would be better served by first focusing time on those connections before mass-mailing law firms. For law students without connections, it is simple math: the more firms that received your resume, the more chances you have of finding an employer who likes your unique qualifications.

Frankly, I think the presenter comes across as pushing mass mailings, which is probably a service offered by his company. However, I still think the advice is good for students with no connections. Of couse, if you have time, start building connections in the legal community by volunteering, getting to know your professors, and find other ways to build a few deep relationships (which are better than many shallow relationships).

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As competition increases due to the increasing number of law students entering the job market, having a plan for a job hunt becomes more important.

What do you think? What are good ways to look for jobs as a law student?

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2 Responses to “Should I Mass Mail My CV to Law Firms?”

  1. JN Says:

    Law firms are receiving many unsolicited resumes each week. Unless a firm is actively looking for an associate, I don’t believe it’s going to do you any good. I agree with this article’s suggestion that you should fish the pond you know first. Otherwise, you’re just something else that a busy attorney may not want to read.

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