Networking to Advance Your Legal Career

Networking is often described as the best way to find a new job. However, not everyone loves to get out and socialize in this way. In order to network successful it is a good idea to have a plan and strategy in place. Lawyers and law students should pay special attention to networking opportunities that will come their way. Consider these tips to maximize your networking capabilities and land a law firm job.

  • Attend specialized events. Perfect events are already offered by Alumni associations, bar associations, and professional and trade organizations in your area. Local law firms may even hold open house events which are open to the public and can provide an opportunity to meet the people that make their business happen. Look at local associations and your law school alumni group and sign up for newsletters to keep you informed about events happening in your area.
  • Make the most of LinkedIn. LinkedIn remains the largest business networking site on the internet. Use it to search for attorneys in your area who may have graduated from your school or who practice the specific type of law you’re most interested in. Complete your profile so you are also visible in searches on the site. This should include a recognizable photo and a well written headline. Join groups, including your alumni organization, and participate in conversations.
  • Community involvement. If you’re still in law school, definitely make use of the campus organizations at your university. The connections you make, whether it is with other students or members of your community, will be invaluable as you transition to the workforce. Once you are practicing be sure to volunteer for recruiting events or committees that your firm may sponsor. You will get to know others in your field through these activities and make connections that can last throughout your career.
  • Marketing is networking. While you are employed, your managing partner may require you to get out and market the firm. Remember that every interaction you have within your community not only reflects your current organization but also represent you as an individual. These connections may become important as you are looking for your next law firm job.

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