Monday, December 5, 2011

Practice Networking Early and Often

It is never too early to work and foster your networking skills.  I recommend using your Christmas, Fall, and Spring breaks as an opportunity to go out into your city or to the city where you wish to work after law school and network.   Contact local law firrms or use your career services office to build a list of potential networks.  Once you complete that list, email the lawyers and try to set up an informational interview.  Try to attend as many networking events at your law school and practice your networking skills.  A friend recently recommended the book, Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi, which highlights the importance of building and maintaining relationships. This is a skill that every successful lawyers needs to have whether you work in the private or public sector. It is also a skill that you have to continue to practice (unless you are a natural social butterfly!)  But like my dad always said, "practice makes perfect!"

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