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The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower

New York Law School

How Involvement in Organizations can bolster your resume and enhance your career

In law school, everyone’s primary focus is on studying hard and making the grade; however, involvement in campus organizations and clubs certainly has its perks. Listing organizations on your resume is one thing, but you should be able to talk about your involvement in the organization and your contributions to the club. This is commonly a huge talking point in interviews.

Beyond the benefits that your involvement has for your job search, being involved with campus organizations allows you to meet other students and network among your peers. Oftentimes, students with similar interests are also involved in other beneficial organizations, take similar classes, and can provide advice about their past internship experiences. By communicating with your fellow law students, you may find a mentor in a 2L or 3L that could potentially help you and provide guidance beyond the law school years.

Campus organizations also provide the opportunity to connect with the professional community in areas of law that are of interest to you. Panels, network socials, symposium, and alumni connections are all common benefits of most campus clubs. Organizations also find out about events at area law schools and bar associations that will help you further your network. You can learn more about the field that you are interested in which allows you to be a well-informed student. In an interview or informational meeting with a professional, knowledge of recent events and developments in the field of law that you are interested in is invaluable. These events help you gain that knowledge, while also expanding your network.

Being on the executive board of organizations, although more time consuming, has additional benefits as well. You are provided the opportunity to connect with professionals in a more personal manner when working with them to organize panels and events. Having an executive board position on your resume also conveys your commitment to that area of law and to your law school community. Legal professionals, having once been in your shoes, know that in law school your time is extremely valuable and any time spent away from the library is typically spent doing something you love and are interested in. Hence, involvement in campus organizations and clubs helps to set you apart from other potential job candidates.

Although many students may become overwhelmed with the workload of law school, it is truly beneficial to make time in your schedule to get involved. Working with your peers on planning an event in an area of law that you are interested in can help you de-stress and can certainly help you feel a sense of accomplishment. Attending events and becoming more informed about current issues within different fields of law can help you more effectively communicate with professionals and also provides great talking points during job interviews. So, step out of the library and take an hour or two out of your day to attend an event at your school and get involved!

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Another benefit I found was that being involved kept my passion alive for the field. It is easy to forget what things are leading to when you are trying to digest a case from 1805. Competing in Trial Advocacy and ADR stimulated some of the skills outside of the reading and writing.

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