Informational Meetings: Preparing Your Introduction

The way you introduce yourself to your informational meeting targets is incredibly important.  You must present yourself as someone seeking to learn about the local legal community and market, someone with genuine questions about their career path.  Depending on the circumstances, you may be introducing yourself verbally or via email.  To prepare yourself, draft an introductory email, which will force you to think through what you will say.  It is also helpful to have a Career Services Counselor review your draft for suggestions.  Focus on key phrases that reflect your theme, such as “excited to be returning home to practice” or “eager to learn more about the local legal community.”  Some other helpful phrases are “researching the legal market” and “gathering information.”  Tell the practitioner you appreciate the “value of their insight” and that they have been “incredibly helpful.”