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.
- Networking 101
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.
- How Your Online Presence Can Help (Not Hinder) Your Job Search (PDF)
An article by Hollis Hanover on the effective use of social media in your job search.
- Introverts Unite
An article by Marianne Deagle from the March 2008 edition of the Career Services newsletter
- Making Contact
An article by Mary Beth Wynn from the December 2008 edition of the Career Services newsletter
- 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 search for Loyola alums currently working for the employer. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a username and password. To find contact information for the alumni on these lists, we suggest utilizing the lawyer search tool at www.martindale.com or on the ARDC's website.
- NALP Podcast: Conducting a Job Search in Tough Economic Times
- How to Network When You Don’t Have a Job
- Join Linked In and make sure to follow the advice provided in this article