What is Mass Mailing?

Hello, and welcome back to the MassMailWizard blog! It’s been a little while since we last posted, but we’re happy to be back with a large slate of content for you coming up.

Today, we’d like to talk about what our app focuses on: mass mailing. What is it? It’s the process of sending a large group of cover letters the same general information when applying for a job.

Mass mailing is powerful because it is quick. A large part of the job search is putting your resume in front of the right people. The general content of your cover letter is normally not outcome determinative. You will not get or lose the job based on your cover letter. Therefore, mass mailing enables you to send your resume to multiple people quickly at a low cost.

MassMailWizard streamlines an already easy process, and lets you mass mail directly from our website. We also have a massive firm database that you can use instead of needing to upload your own firms. We cut out the need for a research step.

The Rejection

After you’ve applied to firms, it’s likely you’ll end up getting some form of rejection letter from at least some firm that you apply to. If no one rejects you, good for you! This will not be the experience of the vast majority of people.

The rest of us (myself included) will get a large stack of rejection letters, and even more rejection emails, throughout the job search process. At one point, my roommate and I compared daily who had the most of them.

Here’s an example of what one might look like:

Firms typically send you a form letter, sometimes in a nice envelope, and normally through the mail, that explains that they regret being unable to hire you at this time.

So what should you think when you get a rejection letter?

Don’t be upset.

You may have just been rejected from your dream firm. This can hurt, but remember that there are plenty of other jobs out there. Take some time, but remember, the goal is getting a job.

Keep going.

There are hundreds of other legal jobs out there. When you get a rejection, or dozens of rejections, remember your objective: employment. You should get back out there, continue to look for jobs, and continue to network. Everyone who graduates from law school can find a job. However, you’ll need to look for the job in order to find it. Use your newfound energy from the rejection as a motivator — prove that firm wrong, and make them regret not hiring you by going to another firm and showing what a stellar lawyer you are.

 


Rejections can be disheartening, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. Keep your job search going until you find a job!

What happens if I fail the MPRE?

The MPRE, or the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, is an in-person exam that most people have to take before they can be admitted to the bar. It’s offered four times a year.

Many students pass on their first try, some with flying colors. But what happens if you fail the exam?

The first thing to remember is that it isn’t the end of the world. The exam can be hard, and it is no reflection on you if you fail. Even better, all you have to do is take the exam again the next time it’s offered. This is normally a few months later.

To make matters better for you, most bars do not require you to pass the MPRE before you are admitted. Several merely require you to pass it within a certain amount of time after you are admitted.

If you do need to take it again, make sure you study up the second time, and potentially change your study schedule. While you likely have several more times that you can take the exam, the $97 fee can add up quickly!

The MPRE shouldn’t be something to worry about. Treat it with the respect it deserves, and you’ll be fine.

MassMailWizard Preview: The Help System

This is actually the second time I’ve tried to create MassMailWizard. The first time around, it was a different model altogether — I created curated lists of “Locations” that people could mass mail. This time around, there’s a lot more flexibility in what firms you can email.

However, one thing I learned the first time around was that Mass Mailing is a hard concept to teach. I knew it was important to have a good help system this time, where people could get clear, step-by-step instructions on what to do with the system.

I’m happy to give you a sneak peak of that system today.

The help database is going to have two main components to start out. First, people will be able to read articles posted by our staff that lays out  just how to create mailings and send them to firms. We’re working on creating a lot of good content for launch, so you won’t have to worry about missing out. This may also get expanded in the future to have information about the Job Hunt in general (to be determined).

The second feature, which you can see on the right side of the above image, is the ability to ask questions. Site users can submit questions that our staff will then answer and post on the page (so long as there isn’t any self-identifying information). I see this as a way to crowd source questions that many people may have out there. It can also serve as a good way to see what new articles we should add to our help database.

That’s all for today’s preview. I’m going to try and blog more regularly in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

The BYU Intercollegiate Jobs Bank

Here’s a good tip on a resource out there that you might not know about…

Brigham Young University (BYU) operates an online jobs bank for law schools across the country. This is a fantastic resource on finding jobs that are open at the current moment.

You’ll need a password to get in. If you’re looking for a password for the Job Bank, it can help to ask on forums like Top Law Schools or Reddit. (or you could just check this post…). If you’re really having trouble finding a password, comment on this post and we can help you out.

So what does the job bank contain?

Well, it’s a listing of job postings from schools across the country. You can select a state that you want to find a job in, and then you’ll see PDFs from different schools on jobs they’ve heard about.

These PDFs have great information on jobs, so you should definitely check them out. The board has information for almost every state — there didn’t appear to be anything for Alaska.

You can check out the Job Bank here:

https://www.law.byu.edu/Career_Services/jobbank/

What is MassMailWizard?

We’re nearing the launch of MassMailWizard, and we’re going to start outlining what the service offers on our blog. Check in frequently to see what we have to offer.

If you’ve stumbled upon our blog, you may be wondering to yourself what MassMailWizard is. That’s a great question — we’ve kept many of the details under wraps while developing the site. No worry, however, because today we reveal to the world what we’re building!

MassMailWizard consists of two main tools:

  • database of law firms and contact information.
  • powerful interface that lets you easily mass mail law firms.

These two aspects of the site, combined, give you the absolute best way to apply for law firm jobs.

The Database

The database of law firms will be available to everyone on launch. We’ve categorized the over 2,000 firms in our database by city and state, so you can easily find the firms you’re looking for in the city of your dreams. We’re also constantly adding new law firms, so you can always check back a few days later if the firm you want is not present.

The Interface

The crown jewel of MassMailWizard, however, is our mass mailing interface. In three easy steps, you can contact thousands of law firms across the country and put your application materials in front of them.

Our interface helps you compose dynamic cover letters with fields that our system replaces with key information about the firm. Writing a cover letter is as easy as typing up an email, and then we handle sending it to the firms of your choice. Even better, everything comes from your email address. It looks like you sent the email directly from your account.

This is the 30,000 foot view of what MassMailWizard is going to offer. Over the coming days, we’ll be outlining the features in more depth, so stay tuned!

Finding Firms to Contact

If you’re beginning your search for a legal job, you may be at a loss as to where you should be looking. There are several places across the internet where you may want to look.

The NALP Directory

The NALP directory is a great place to begin. Any firm that complies with NALP (which includes most of the biggest firms in the country) will have contact information, along with information about their summer associate hiring structure, on the NALP website. You can also view historic information on how the firm has hired in the past, how many offers it has extended, and what practice areas the firm offers.

Martindale

Martindale is an online directory of law firms. There are literally thousands listed on this site, and Martindale provides a powerful search engine that lets you whittle down the list of firms to ones you may be interested in. The biggest problem with using Martindale is that there’s no contact information for hiring partners on the site. You have to investigate yourself, visit the firm’s website, and find out who to contact about a job. However, you really can’t beat Martindale for the sheer breadth of law firms contained within it.

School Job Bank

Your school likely has an online job bank that you were told about during Orientation. Firms often post jobs on these sites, so that students like you can apply. This can also help you out in another way: your school probably archives expired job postings. Therefore, you should be able to see what firms and locations were hiring in the past. These might be good leads for future job hunting.

Talking to Friends

Many of your older friends went through this same process in the past, and may have done the research that you’re looking to do now. You should leverage that network and as if there were any firms that were particularly interesting to them. Talking to them may provide you a lead that you would not have found otherwise.

MassMailWizard

Okay, shameless plug here. We have a full directory of law firms with their contact information available online. Each directory entry is available for any registered user without any need to pay, and you can find contact information for the firm you’re interested in. We add more information all the time as well. If you’re looking for a place to research firms, MassMailWizard has you covered.

Got any other resources for a legal job hunt? Leave them in the comments below!

 

Pick up the Phone and Call the Firm!

If you’re anything like me, when you were going through OCI and doing firm research, one or two stuck out to you as places that you really wanted to work.

They were stellar law firms, and would set you up for what you wanted to do in life nicely.

My problem was that I was in the post-OCI world and was on my own. I had no help from the school, and I needed a job.

So where should I apply?

I took the wrong approach. I’m going to show you the right approach.

I spent tons of time meticulously crafting individual cover letters that told Smith, Jones, and Ken LLP how much I wanted to work for them. I sent them my information.

Within a few weeks, they responded that they had already finished their summer associate search for the year. This was a problem. I could have easily found out whether they were hiring by simply picking up the phone and calling them.

The Right Way

So what should you do? If you really know a firm that you want to apply to, you should pick up the phone and call them. Ask if they are hiring. Whoever answers the phone should be able to give you an answer, and if they can’t, they can direct you to the person who can. So next time, just pick up the phone.

Upgrading Your Job With Mass Mailing

You’ve just gone through your first summer job, and they gave you an offer. Great!

Editor’s Note: This post is about moving from one firm job to another firm job. If you’re looking to go from the private sector to the public sector, or vice versa, look for another post soon.

There’s only one problem. You don’t like the firm. Maybe you don’t like the people you met there, maybe you don’t like the kind of work they do, or maybe you want to move to a different city.

The good news is that it’s possible to change your job after your first summer. You don’t need to stick with a job for a few years before lateralling to another firm.

Most schools will have some kind of 3L On Campus Interviews, but these are normally poorly attended by law firms. In many cases, firms are hiring 1-2 people for positions rather than 10-100, so it makes more sense to do interviewing remotely. Firms take the more cost-effective approach in this situation. They wait for people to contact them, and then sift through applicants to see who might be a good candidate.

This makes mass mailing a particularly effective strategy for switching jobs. You can quickly apply to jobs in your new (or same) market and ask them if they are looking for associates. You’ll want to create a letter that you can attach your resume to, and just send it out to firms. One thing to keep in mind while mass mailing for a first-year associate position is that firms only have some jobs open. The firm might need litigation associates, or may be hiring exclusively for its tax department. That’s okay! You’ll just need to pick an area where you want to practice, and then include that in your cover letter.

As an example, if I wanted a position in New York, I might start my cover letter like this:

Dear Ms. {{ CONTACT_NAME }}:

My name is John Smith, and I am writing to inquire about a litigation associate position {{ FIRM }} starting in Fall 2018. I will be graduating from Central Law School in May….

It’s important to include both what department you want and when you will be graduating. That way, the firm knows that you want to be a first year associate without you having to say it.

After that, you’ll just want to follow the normal process of mass mailing.

We’ll write more on the interview process for first-year associate positions in the near future. Stay tuned!

 

The Median Student, or Whether to Mass Mail with Average Grades

A frequent question I got in law school when talking with friends in the job hunt was whether mass mailing would be beneficial for them.

My answer was always a resounding YES. 

Mass mailing is beneficial for two reasons.

First, it gets your name out there and in front of people. I don’t think your average person understands just how many summer associate positions there are out there. Lots of firms in New York City hire over 100 summer associates per year. That’s enough for them to hire the entire 2L class at some law schools. And that’s just one firm. Multiply that by the hundreds of law firms in New York, and there are thousands of jobs for the taking. But you can’t get the job if your name isn’t out there. Mass mailing is the quickest way to get your name in front of the right people at a law firm.

Second, grades aren’t nearly as important as you might think. They’ll get you into the door, but once you’re there, you’ll need to wow your interviewers. Median grades at your school probably won’t preclude you from biglaw if you’re in the top 25-50 of schools. You’ll need to interview well, but that’s a topic for another day. You can also mass mail smaller firms — this might be an even better strategy.

One other good reason to mass mail — it’s a low-risk, high-reward situation. Mass mailing takes very little skin off your back. With a generic cover letter, your resume, and your transcript, you can mass mail thousands of firms in an afternoon. Then it’s just a waiting game. For a small investment, you can canvass large numbers of law firms in no time. In our opinion, it’s something that everyone should do because it might be the way you get your job.