The word “networking” carries a certain connotation of apprehension. When mentioned to either law students or professionals, it invokes an uneasy feeling because it sounds like an awkward combination of sales (selling yourself, being sold to, or begging for a job), a bad blind date (being forced into awkward conversations and wondering if the sought-after party will ever call), and a giant, time-wasting activity (I networked for three hours, did not receive what I came for, and missed my spin class). Fortunately, technology has made networking a much more enjoyable experience. There are plenty of ways to network now. This post offers some of the less traditional approaches, as opposed to the methods we frequently hear mentioned in discussing ideas for networking. [Read more…] about Unconventional Networking Methods for Law Students
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Welcome to the Law School Toolbox Podcast! Today we are talking about a topic every law student needs to think about – Networking! Whether you are an extrovert or an introvert, this episode is for you. Networking is a “bad word” for some folks and can even cause anxiety. You may dread having to get dressed up and go to a networking event to meet new people, but in this job market, legal networking is critically important. So, we want to help you change your perspective! Networking isn’t all about stuffy functions where everyone is wearing suits and making awkward small talk. Actually, networking doesn’t even have to be done in person.
Networking — it’s a dirty word for most law students and lawyers. But this doesn’t have to be the case! Networking is just fundamentally meeting people and trying to help them.
Legal networking doesn’t have to mean showing up to stuffy events and handing out business cards. There are so many different ways to network today than there were several years ago.
Read on, and start creatively networking today!
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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.
[Read more…] about Legal Networking 101: How Do You Know What to Talk About While Networking?
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