Ask Legally Engaged – Should I remind an organization of my pending job application?

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Dear LE,

I would like to seek your opinion, as regards a question that I have gotten several conflicting answers on.

I’m a youth corps member, who is about to round off her mandatory service year in October. I have started sending out job applications to so many law firms in Lagos since June. I was called back by a few of them and still expecting interview invitations from some.

I want to know if it would be appropriate to send a reminder/follow up or mail to the other firms, referring to my previous applications. Does it make me appear desperate or does it automatically disqualify my previous application or do I keep my hands crossed and hope they call for an Interview one day?‎ I need your advice on the proper steps to follow.

Kind regards,



Dear OO,

Thank your email.

We are of the opinion that sending follow up emails to law firms is highly recommended, if not mandatory. It is possible that your email was missed because these law firms get hundreds a week. This is especially true if your email application was unsolicited.

We understand where others (who advised otherwise) may be coming from, but sending a follow up mail should be fine as long as you

  • couch your email politely. No reasonable law firm should be offended if you phrase your email politely and professionally. Phrase it as a follow up (i.e. you would just like to know the status), and not as a reminder that the application is pending (that may sound like you’re reminding them to do their job).
  • do not to send too many follow up emails; one is enough. If you send more than one, or two at the very most, yes, you might sound desperate.

Another thing you should try and which is probably more effective, is calling the firms or reaching out to lawyers working in those law firms.


The AskLE Team

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