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Networking Tips for Law Students

Networking! It might as well be a four-letter word because everyone seems to hate it.
But it is a necessary evil–especially for aspiring lawyers. More likely than not, it’s how you will meet the people that will (hopefully) become your employers and colleagues. How To Network for Law Students

It is where you will meet people that can send referral business your way once you’ve graduated. And it’s where you will pick up a large amount of little information that will help you understand what’s going on in the legal industry and how you can leverage it for yourself.

So now that you know why networking is a necessary evil, you need to know how to do it without coming off as an annoying know-it-all, insecure student or someone who is completely confused:

Show up, but don’t be fake.
It has been said that the world is run by people who show up. Who said it doesn’t matter as much as the fact that it is true. When you have an opportunity to make contact with alumni, industry leaders, and other lawyers, do it. You never know who might be looking for help–or who might be looking to help someone else–and you never know where you’re going to meet them.

Make two lists and check them often.
You need a plan if you’re going to network successfully. So make a list of the types of lawyers you want to meet. Base it on industry, types of cases or even specific law firms. Then go out and put yourself in positions to meet these people. After you start meeting people, make a list of those with whom you’ve interacted. Note the date, what you talked about and whether or not any follow up is necessary.

Follow up and follow through.
If you meet someone and you had a good interaction with them, make sure to follow up. Send an email thanking them for taking time to talk to you. Ask if you can meet them for coffee. And if you say you’re going to do something, make sure you do it. Follow up and follow through is extremely important.

Be confident.
Remember, successful networking is a numbers game. The more people you meet, the better chance you’re going to have of making a fruitful connection. And not everyone you meet will be a match. If things don’t work out right away, don’t fret. Stay confident and stay engaged in the networking process.

 

This article was written by FindMyLawTutor.com.

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