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Follow-up and Thank You Letters

Students often ask whether they should send thank you letters after an interview.In some regions of the country (i.e. the Northeast), thank you letter are generally not expected if you are interviewing with legal employers. In other locales (i.e. the Southeast), they are more common. If you do decide to send one, make sure it is perfect as it will be viewed as a sample of your writing.

CDO advises that a short follow-up email to persons with whom you met is a good idea if (1) you are extremely interested in the employer and would like to reiterate that interest; (2) you thought that you really connected with the interviewer and would like to remind that interviewer of your similar interests; or (3) the interviewer went out of his/her way for you (e.g., treated you to a lavish meal). If you decide to write a follow-up email or thank you letter, you should do so promptly. If you decide to use email (which is preferable given the time crunch), you should still use a professional business format and tone.

Review thesample thank you letters for examples of such correspondence.