This is an opportunity to connect with friends and family that you don’t often see. Let them know that you’re graduating and looking for a job.
- Contact the Career Services Office.
- Reach out to your mentors or find them on LinkedIn.
- Set up informational interviews. Offer to take an attorney to coffee or lunch to learn more about their practice.
- Most bar associations and some bar sections have holiday parties and are happy to have law students attend.Check with your local bar association for a list of social events.
- Be yourself, but be mindful of the impression you’re conveying.
- Festive dress is fine, but be professional.
- Consider having simple business cards made to hand out to people you meet. However, keep in mind that you are in a social setting – you don’t want to seem pushy.
- Follow up with any contacts you make.
- Dynamic Networking: Become an Opportunity Maker
- Using Informational Interviews to Build Your Network (Copyright NALP. Reproduced with permission).
- Eight Tips for Lawyers Who are Lousy at Networking
- Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams
- Nuances of Networking: Finding a Job and Building a Successful Career
- Theatre for Dialogue: Networking 101
- Tips for Successful Networking
source: University of Texas