If you had good conversations at recent law firm receptions, you should follow up with the attorneys you’ve met. A short email reminding the person of how you met and thanking them for their time is sufficient. Developing relationships with attorneys at various firms prior to the recruiting season is one of the best ways to prepare for EIP. It will help you learn more about the firms and figure out the right questions to ask. Even if you attended a reception a while ago, it is not too late to follow up, especially if you may be near their office during spring break and would like the opportunity to meet the attorney for an informational interview.
Employers will host many recruiting events for HLS students this semester. Attending receptions is a great way to meet attorneys, learn about the law firms, the legal profession, and to build your network. We strongly encourage you to consider attending events of interest to you. Also, please be sure to read the section of the website on Reception Etiquette to ensure you put your best foot forward.
Make sure you know the etiquette basics and appropriate RSVP protocol, so that you can make the most of law firm receptions. Employers track students who RSVP and attend their events throughout the year and consider this information when making decisions about callbacks and offers. RSVPing for an event and not attending has the potential to reflect poorly on your candidacy. Ideally, if you RSVP you should attend the event, but if you can no longer attend it is important to notify the firm in advance.