Considering law school? The hard truth is that the legal job market isn’t that good. So what can you do to tip the scales in your favor?
Here’s the answer: Network! Network often! Then network some more! You can increase your employability by starting to network – shaking hands, kissing babies – today.
If you start to network now, your chances of getting a job after law school increase. It may get you your dream job. The networking you do today may get you clients later in your career. Heck, the networking you do today may get you everything you desire in life.
For me, networking is about client development. The more people I meet, the more likely one of those encounters will lead to a client for my law firm. It’s painful at times but it works. I just wish I had known the importance of networking much earlier in my life.
A buddy of mine understood networking in college. He participated in many of the school’s organizations. He was the president of his fraternity. Being with him was, and is still, like being with a celebrity. Everyone knows him and he knows everyone. It’s no wonder he’s a huge success in the business world. Being like him will increase your chances of getting a job out of law school.
“But Willens, how should I network?” you ask. “I’m not even in law school yet. I don’t even know what kind of lawyer I want to be. I don’t know many people. I’m kind of shy. I’m not good at selling myself…”
- 1. Get involved with your school. Get to know your classmates and your professors and make sure they know you.
2. If you’re religious (even a little), become active in your church or synagogue. Get to know the congregants and make sure they know you.
3. Join a team sport like volleyball, softball, soccer, etc. There’s nothing that says networking can’t be fun.
4. Get involved in community activities.
5. Every time you meet a lawyer, ask him or her for an informational interview. Don’t be shy. People, especially lawyers, enjoy talking about themselves. You may not want to practice his type of law, but you may be able to tap into his network. I’ve gotten people jobs that have nothing to do with personal injury law.
There’s a theme here folks – the more people you know, the better off you are. Start now and don’t stop! You’ll be glad you did. By the time law school is wrapping up, you’ll have a huge network of people to tap into. Sometimes, it’s not what you know but who you know.