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The 5 Most Important People You’ll Meet in Law School

Networking in Law SchoolYou’re going to meet a lot of people during your time in law school. Some will inspire you while others will make you wish you’d never taken the LSAT. Some will play an important role in shaping your future, others will tell you they’re important without ever taking the time to remember your first name.

The best thing you can do for your career is learn to quickly distinguish between the people who will help you and those who won’t.

Here’s a guide to the five most important people you’ll meet in law school:

The reference librarian 
Information is power, and in this day and age no person has access to more information than a law school reference librarian.

These people know how to find things–answers, resources, facts and figures. Get to know a reference librarian as soon as possible during your first year of law school and you’ll reap the benefits until you take your last exam.

The career and professional development person
You’re in law school so you can find a really, really good job. You know who knows people looking to hire people for really, really good jobs?

Your career and professional development staff, that’s who.

Due to ABA regulations, they can’t talk to you until after your first semester. But after that, stop by their offices often and take advantage of their expertise–practice writing cover letters, get your resume in order and start doing mock interviews.

Your tutor
Your law school tutor won’t just help you figure out how to outline and prepare for exams. He or she will also help you navigate the sometimes challenging politics of law school. You know, the things your friends and family can’t understand–like how to make sure some obnoxious gunner doesn’t monopolize the professor’s attention in class.

A member of the alumni community 
Your law school loves its alumni–mostly because many alumni have money to give but also because alumni can hire students, which leads to improved rankings.

This is why your law school invites alumni to so many events. Go to these events. Treat them as job interviews. Be professional. Be prepared. Meet as many alumni as possible because they can help you.

A judge 
Impress a judge and you never know what can happen. You could get a prestigious clerkship or get introduced to someone who can give you a job. Judges know everyone.

 

About The Author

Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connect law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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