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Informational Interview Sample Letter

by Beverly Aarons 23. February 2009 09:28
We've talked a little about how networking and informational interviews can be goldmines for law students looking to land their first legal job.  But many law students don't quite understand how they can approach a contact regarding conducting an informational interview.  So to help law students take the first step to landing an informational interview, below is a sample letter/invitation to a contact asking for an informational interview.

YourFirstName YourLastName
Address
City, State, Zip

Date
Contact Name
Title
Company
Address
City, State, Zip
Dear Ms./Mr. Contact,
I am a junior at (insert law school), and found your name and contact information (insert source). I have an interest in working in the field of (insert legal practice area); but I would like to learn more from someone with experience working in (insert legal practice area).  I understand that you are very busy, but I was hoping to schedule a 15 minute informational interview with you to discuss your experiences in this field.
I would like to hear about why you decided to work in this field, the pros and cons of the practice area, and the work experience, classes and co-curricular activities I should consider if I want to work in this practice area.
I look forward to meeting you and hearing your insights and advice regarding this field.
Sincerely,
YourFirstName YourLastName (Class Year)

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