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Networking in Law School

2L, University of Georgia School of Law

Many law students go through law school thinking that the whole experience is about grades and making law review. However, many overlook the great opportunity they have to network while pursuing their JD. Networking is a must for those seeking a job in today’s tough legal job market. Posted below are some tips that I have about networking that can help you get “more bang for your buck” during your law school experience.

  1. Talk to your professors

Many students tend to just go to class, take notes, and then go to the library to study. In doing so, they are forgoing a great opportunity to get to know their professors. Most professors are more than willing to talk to you immediately after class or during their office hours. Take advantage of these times to ask them not only about the course material, but also about themselves, their careers, and their interests. Doing so will help you build a rapport with them that will make them more likely to write you good letters of recommendation and give you leads on potential jobs.

  1. Attend law school events

Most law schools will have a variety of events throughout the year where you will have the opportunity to meet alumni and other important legal figures. Take advantage of these events not only to get free food and drinks, but also to meet people who can help you find jobs or advance your career in the long-run. You never know who you might run into at one of these events!

  1. Join student organizations

Participating in student organizations is a great way to secure networking opportunities. Most student organizations will hold events where they will invite prominent law school alumni, and many will help you foot the bill to attend national conferences where you can make great connections. Make sure you take advantage of this great resource!

These are only a few of the many ways that you can network while in law school. However, I can assure you that as you engage in activities like this, you will be sure to have a solid head start in the legal job hunt!

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