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Career Services Job Searching Guide: Thank You Notes

Thank you notes should be concise. Express your thanks and reiterate your interest in the employer. Thank you notes should be professional and either handwritten if your handwriting is legible or typed on 8-1/2 x 11 paper.  Emailing a thank you note is acceptable depending upon the circumstances (i.e. during Fall OCI when timing is essential or you’ve previously been in touch with the attorney via email).

Here's a sample text of a typical thank you note:

"Thank you for taking the time to speak with me about employment opportunities with Jones & Smith LLP. My strong interest in becoming a litigator stems from my experience working for Judge Alexander and my work with Professor Tate in my first-year of law school. Working on the Moot Court Board confirms my commitment to pursuing a career as a litigator and I cannot think of a more supportive environment in which to begin my career than at Jones & Smith LLP.

I am enclosing a writing sample, per your request. If you should require any other information, please do not hesitate to call me at (412) 222-2222. Thank you again for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you."

Here's another:

"Our conversation gave me a better understanding of the firm's practice areas. I also learned a great deal about small-firm practice and am very interested in working with you this summer. As you know, I have a wide variety of career interests and a small firm such as Jones & Smith would enable me to experience a range of practice areas.

Thank you for taking the time to interview me. I appreciate your interest and would be pleased to work for Jones & Smith. I look forward to hearing from you."

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