Q: I’m a law student getting ready to attend holiday receptions hosted by law firms. I hear so much about what I shouldn’t talk about, what I shouldn’t wear, what I shouldn’t do. So what can I do? How I can stand out in a room where everyone’s wearing a
LinkedIn is a favorite of lawyers, because it's still seen as the most professional of the social media platforms available. So, lawyers can feel comfortable engaging there, while remaining professional.
Confession: I didn’t love the first semester of law school.As a 3L, I find this statement is met with more skepticism than it was even just a year ago—rolling eyes and lighthearted scoffs from first-years who are hard-pressed to believe that I ever felt out of place. I, of course,
One of my important tips I pass along to job seekers is to create and maintain a robust LinkedIn profile. This advice is often met with a big sigh or an eye roll.Yes, I know, another social media account to maintain. Hear me out: Whether you’re new in the marketplace
Now, I look at the term “network” differently now than I did when I entered law school. I may have tended to think of a network as more of a rolodex (linked image for those younger than me!) of business cards and faceless names at one point, but I realized that it is a network of friends, a group with shared experiences and fun memories, with whom I rolled up my sleeves and worked over the years.
As a law student, there are numerous opportunities for you to build and expand your professional community outside of the classroom environment. Becoming active in your local bar association during law school is an excellent way to get a jump start on building the community you will rely on as
You may be reading the title and thinking – really? Law school administrators and career services already tell us about the importance of networking, and some 1L teachers push us or even require us to interview a practitioner or to attend an event here and there. Still, law school doesn’t teach
Most law students quickly realize that law school is so much more than attending classes and studying. While your schoolwork is a critical component (and obviously the primary purpose of your being there), law school truly is the beginning of your legal career and, more importantly, your network. Each day
You've just graduated from law school. You've got your JD. You're studying for the bar exam. So, how about a job for when you pass it?Now's the time to use the biggest power in your universe to work – and rule the job market galaxy as you put your network in motion.Take
It is a time of unrest in the 3L universe. The LAW SCHOOL wars are nearly over. The fiendish phantom known as THE BAR EXAM is a few months away. While your secret plans might be to rebel against reality, we say it's time to strike back and build your
I’m in my last year of law school, and every day it seems like an arms race to the finish line and seems like as if everything is happening at once. You’re worried about getting those final assignments done and about keeping your GPA right to graduate with honors and
There are dozens of opportunities to engage, and they're all passing us by as we're focused on the world between our ears.
The is the first full week of December, and we all know what that means…Holiday party invitations are coming.For introverts like me, holiday parties are probably not high on your list of exciting December “to dos” – it’s not that we don’t love them; it’s just that they’re rather
I just forwarded a resume and other materials to several of my contacts at other law firms on behalf of someone who asked me to do so. Initially, that person only asked me to identify any people I knew at a list of law firms in the Chicago area. I
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This past year as a 1L (for about 2 more weeks) I was reminded of what it was like to be the new person on campus. It’s all so new. I had no idea what to expect. What’s a law school class like? Final exams? Will I make friends? Will
How should you refer to people that you interact with professionally? Start with a formal salutation - especially for professors and administrators.
Networking. It’s a single word that can strike fear into the hearts of law students. From the moment you step onto campus as a first-year student, networking is championed by career services, experts, and scores of experienced lawyers. Here, your fellow students across the country tell their stories of how they landed an interview or a job by just being themselves, being resourceful, and using fate to their advantage.
Lauryn Collier is a planner. In 2014, the third-year student at The Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee launched her own company, New Palm Creations. The firm aims to be the first-of-its-kind fully functioning event planning and program management agency that offers all its services for little to no cost to its clients.
Ms. JD is opening its first leadership positions for its National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO).NWLSO has served as a national connection for women law students at various law schools. As Ms. JD celebrates its 10th year of providing resources to advance women pre-law students, law students and early career
For some people, networking is a highway to the danger zone. How do you enter a target-rich environment, full of people who could help you in your career, and just start talking to them? For some people, it takes a lot more than just fancy flying around the room to make the right connection. For some people, they need a wingman.
Let’s face it: networking can be hard. Unless you’re someone who thrives on meeting other people (and many of us don’t, including yours truly), networking is something that we consider to be a chore, albeit a necessary one. So why not pair it with something that you already like doing?
It's your friend and your enemy. It's your best selling point while simultaneously serving as an ethical gateway to hell. It can make or break your career. And it's just 60,000 square pixels.It's your basic info on LinkedIn.Not your total resume – we'll get to that in the future on the assumption
While many people network to get a job, that’s not the only reason to meet new people. Networking as a law student, regardless of whether you have a job or not, is an opportunity to make use of the strength of weak ties.
When is the best time for an associate to start building a network? That answer is "now!" You must start building a network as soon as you can.