Difficult Networking Question... Would Appreciate AdviceO
As some may know, I am going down the law path with an eye on possibly transitioning over to IB thereafter. My question involves a law setting, but I still seek the invaluable advice of those of you on WSO.
Ok, while an undergrad, I was involved in a pre-law mentoring program and was assigned "Ms. X" as my mentor. Ms. X mentored me through my junior and senior years but, because she was very busy (partner in a NYC firm), I only saw/meet with her a few of times. Unfortunately, I lost contact with her towards the end of my senior year as I had a lot going on (LSAT preparation, graduation, law school applications, and physically moving). It has been almost three years since I last spoke to her.
As I am entering my third/final year of law school, I have been targeting firms to apply to so I can start there full time in the spring. When I researched a certain firm, the name sounded familar and I found her on the partner list.
My question is should I reach out to Ms X now or has too much time has elapsed? I think too much time has elapsed and think I should move on. But, a friend of mine says it can't hurt to just send her an email, explain all the things which have occured which caused you to lose contact and that the worse thing is she won't answer my email. So, should I contact her? If so, should I contact her and just manifest an intent to re-establish contact (and meanwhile hope she will say "what are your plans after graduation" and then eventually the conversation may seg-way into my applying to her firm)? Suggestions are appreciated.