Networking - Part 3

Get Involved

If you are not meeting new people, put yourself out there.  Go to events held on campus and in the community.  Join the local bar association and be sure to participate.  Volunteer somewhere.  Check out meetup.com, and find a group of people with similar interests just to hang out with.  The point, again, isn’t to ask every person you meet for a job; it’s to expand your social network in a way that feels comfortable for you.  If you are worried that you might not know what to say when meeting possible professional contacts, have an “elevator” speech ready.  (See attachment.) 

Informational Interviews

If you want to focus specifically on meeting attorneys, consider setting up informational interviews.  This means calling or e-mailing someone in a practice area in which you are interested and asking for a few moments of their time to pick their brain about what they do and how they got where they are.  (See attachment.) Once again, people like to talk about themselves, and most attorneys are happy to share advice with current law students.

Following Up

Finally, make sure to follow up.  You don’t have to bombard people with daily phone calls and emails, but an occasional email sharing a link to a topic that you know is of interest to another person is a way to stay in touch without being intrusive.  And if someone offers you advice or sits down with you for an informational interview, by all means, send that person a thank you note, and check in with him or her now and then to report on your progress through law school.

Remember – networking doesn’t have to be painful.  Your skills will improve with practice, and you may just find that it’s a lot of fun!   

The “Networking in your Comfort Zone” originally scheduled for Thursday, August 30th is going to be rescheduled.  Stay tuned for details.


 

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