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Is it a good idea to cold-message firms not participating in Recruits?

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I’m not liking what my chances of getting a call-back during the formal 1L recruit are looking like. Is it a good idea to cold message smaller firms or even non-law firms ( real estate, patent office, notaries, publishers, immigration, etc.) ? I’m not taking about firms that explicitly say that they don’t participate in recruits or don’t take on 1Ls.  
These won’t have a formal program for law students, but I’d be willing to do some kind of internship or secretarial work for the experience. 
I don’t want to spend my summer not doing something law-related because then I feel that would put me in a really bad situation for the 2L recruit . Is this a good idea ? Has anyone here done that and been successful ? 

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Yes certainly fair game to do so. Be respectful, set up a call to learn about their careers/firm/practice first rather than just requesting a role. Always helps to reach out to Alumni or people that have something in common with you (same high school, similar interests, volunteers at same place etc. Linkedin helps too, makes reaching out a bit less  awkward since that is what the platform is for.

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1 hour ago, stripesaesthetic said:

I don’t want to spend my summer not doing something law-related because then I feel that would put me in a really bad situation for the 2L recruit.

Many 2L candidates don't have a law-related position for their 1L summer. Don't work yourself into a panic over this. 

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Do something fun and interesting for your 1L summer.

Plus, if you do something unique over the summer and are able to put that on your resume, it'll probably be a more interesting talking point during your interviews.

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1 hour ago, stripesaesthetic said:

These won’t have a formal program for law students, but I’d be willing to do some kind of internship or secretarial work for the experience. 
I don’t want to spend my summer not doing something law-related because then I feel that would put me in a really bad situation for the 2L recruit . Is this a good idea ? Has anyone here done that and been successful ? 

If you do end up volunteering/shadowing/otherwise working for free, I would recommend asking the right questions re: how much mentorship and guidance you will be able to get from the lawyer(s) in exchange for your time and efforts. Ask if you will have opportunities to do actual legal work under proper supervision, don't be so willing to settle for "secretarial work". "I spent the summer making photocopies and working the binding machine" will not be a great story to tell when interviewers ask you how you spent your summer.

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