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I have an interview at a law firm that a law school classmate (acquaintances only) works at. I want to reach out to him, but I’m unsure what is appropriate to say. Any advice?

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Just be straight up. “hey, long time no talk! Hope you’re doing well. I saw that firm x has an opening in y department and was interested in applying. Would you be willing to talk to me about your experience at firm? I’m pretty open the rest of this week” or similar.

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Yes - agree with above. This is really common and I’ve been more than happy to chat with acquaintances about my firm. I was a lot more willing when I was happy at the firm, so barring any bad history between you two, I’d say any sign of reluctance may not be personal but because that acquaintance doesn’t have the heart to help you work at a place they would like to leave due to unhappiness. Just pull the trigger and good luck!

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This! A law student reached out to me about my previous firm right before I left - I talked to them anyway, but just keep in mind their unhappiness/reluctance may not have anything to do with you.

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Unless he’s a total douche, he will respond. We all do. I’ve helped people I never talked to in law school. That’s what classmates are for.

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