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Informational Interviews: How to Get Started

  1. Research associations, web sites, and trade publications.
  2. Learn a bit about the person they are contacting by looking at their profiles on their organization's website.
  3. Don't be afraid to script the conversation or write out the questions you would like to ask.  For example, you could start a phone conversation or an email with:  "Hello, I am a student at Pitt Law and I am interested in pursuing a career in [insert practice area here].  I was wondering if you would be able to spend a few minutes with me to discuss how your career developed and what work you are doing in your position at [insert name of organization here]."
  4. If you are terribly uncomfortable with informational interviewing among practitioners, start your networking among your law school peers, many of whom have already gathered the type of information you are seeking.  Clearly, the faculty is a great resource as well.

    Once you have developed a list of contacts, you should begin arranging "informational interviews." Initially, it is likely that you will be more comfortable setting up meetings and networking with people with whom you already have a relationship. Meeting with these individuals first will help you build up momentum before you start contacting people who you consider to be strangers.

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