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How to Network in Law School for Introverts

Talk to any lawyer and they’ll tell you that there are two things every law school student needs to do to ensure they have a job after graduation: Finish in the top percent of your class and network

Doing well in law school is everyone’s goal. You wouldn’t be there if you hadn’t already proven yourself as a student. But networking, well, no one really likes that–especially introverts. 

If you’re an introvert, the idea of networking–building connections, schmoozing, marketing yourself–probably makes you want to curl up into the fetal position and take a nap (heck, it does that to extroverts too). But don’t worry; there are some relatively simple things introverted law school students can do to make networking less arduous. 

Just Get Involved
No one likes "networking," but everyone likes "something." One of the best ways to build a network without "networking" is to get involved in whatever it is you like. Don’t think of it as networking, but as a hobby, something you enjoy or just plain old fun. 

Heck, it doesn’t even have to be related to the law. Like sports? Become a youth sports referee. Think about it: Youth sports organizations these days are big business. They’re run by associations. Many of the associations are big (reallybig) and they hire lawyers to address risk issues, insurance and contracts. By becoming involved, you’ll be having fun while you put yourself in a position to be able to meet many of these lawyers. See? Networking without even "networking."

Admit It
See all of those professors? Talk to them. Admit that you’re an introvert and you need help meeting people. 

Chances are they’ve seen other students just like you. They know which ones overcame their shyness to become successful, and they’ll be willing to give former students a call, tell them you need a little help and ask them what advice they’d give. They’ll probably be more than willing to provide some advice or become a mentor. It’s always easier networking with people who understand where you’re coming from. 

Tag Along
Take advantage of networking opportunities schools offer: alumni events, receptions, etc. Don’t go alone. Instead, go with a group of your classmates. Hang out in the background, wait and let the action come to you. Alumni are anxious to help current students. And chances are, sooner or later, someone will approach you, ask your name and want to help. Let them.

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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