So let me take you back to a few years ago (okay, more than a few) when I was a 1L in law school. I went home for the Thanksgiving holiday (because I could drive, and it was only about 4 hours away from where I was in school). Now, my parents are lawyers, so they fully understood the need for me to study for my exams. My first exam was Torts and that was coming up within two weeks of the Thanksgiving holiday.
But then comes another challenging question:
What’s okay to talk about?
Of course, it depends on the networking event or chat, but here are a few ideas to have up your sleeve when you head to your next legal networking event.
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When I was a kid, my parents, who were both lawyers, were constantly attending events hosted by the local bar association. I clearly remember going to some of these functions. My memories are seas of suits and cocktails, laughter and small talk.
Some people love events like these, and some people hate them. But whatever your pleasure, the good news is that unlike 20 years ago when networking was really about going to events, networking today can be informal, less intimidating, and even include less small talk.
Here are four different opportunities for networking in today’s more fluid environment. [Read more…] about Legal Networking 101: Networking Today Isn’t Like the Networking of Yesterday
I know that networking is a “bad word” for some folks, even cause for anxiety.
Seeing a “networking event” on the calendar might make you sigh loudly and start looking for any excuse to get out of it. We have all had those days when it takes a ton of motivation to go to a networking event and meet new people (while the couch and the DVR are calling our name). [Read more…] about Legal Networking 101: Towards A New Definition of Networking
Since we’re discussing legal networking, I’d like to weigh in with one always-relevant rule of thumb: Don’t be an asshole. Seems easy enough, but lots of lawyers get this one wrong!
Let me give you a recent few examples:
How Not to Network
Are you on LinkedIn? You should be. Set aside some time to fill out a profile and get a headshot to include on your page. You want to make sure you have a good headshot, one that looks professional if you want to be considered to be a professional in your community.
Aren’t sure how to make LinkedIn work for you? There are plenty of how-to guides out there. Or, talk to the Career Services Office at your law school, even if you are an alum. Career services people are often well versed in developing a stellar LinkedIn profile, so why not let them help you! [Read more…] about Online Legal Networking: LinkedIn