Networking is how most people, both in and outside of the legal profession, get jobs. Attorneys in private practice also find that networking is an important way to build a client base, or "book of business." In this technological age, we find that students are often most comfortable with online job posting boards or social networking websites - the idea of networking by attending events in person or making phone calls may feel foreign, uncomfortable, or scary. But there is nothing like in-person networking to give you the opportunity to really connect with people who can help you shape your career path and find the job opportunities that aren't getting posted on online sources.
So, we've put together some networking resources to give you practical tips and advice on how to get more comfortable with the old-school, in-person art of networking. Networking is the most important career development skill you will use during law school and throughout your career as a lawyer.
An introduction to the art of networking
INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWING (PDF)
A handout on the ins & outs of informational interviewing
USING INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS TO BUILD YOUR NETWORK (PDF)
An article by Stephanie Mitchell from the July 2012 NALP Bulletin
CSO NETWORKING GUIDE (PDF)
A handout on how to successfully employ networking techniques in your job search.
An article by Marianne Deagle from the March 2008 edition of the Career Services newsletter
An article by Mary Beth Wynn from the December 2008 edition of the Career Services newsletter
Many of the events offered by the Office of Career Services are great opportunities to meet and network with Loyola alumni and other practicing attorneys from the area.
LINKS TO BAR ASSOCIATIONS
Join as a student member and attend events!
LOYOLA ALUMNI DIRECTORY
Many law firms have biographical information about all of their attorneys listed on their website. If the employer you are targeting doesn't have such a list, try to employer name in our alumni database to seach for Loyola alums currently working for the employer. Contact Cassandra Melendez for a username and password.
NETWORKING RESOURCES IN THE CAREER SERVICES OFFICE
How to Work a Room
by Susan RoAne
If you like Susan RoAne's advice, check out her website.
Building Career Connections
by Donna Gerson
Make Your Contacts Count
by Anne Baber & Lynne Waymon
Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams
by Kimm Alayne Walton