Fun Networking

Getting a job for your 1L summer is tough. Many students will have jobs lined up by December, while others won’t hear until the middle of May. The stress can eat at you, especially when you are trying to focus on class. However, you can eat away at these fears by networking. I know, sounds made up right? But, networking can actually be fun and give you a much-needed break from studying.

Firm Events:
Many of the firms around Boston will host “home for the holidays” events or just general networking events for law students to explore their firm. Some are super fancy – they’ll cater them with fancy appetizers. Unlike BU’s events, which sorry to say feature some pretty sub-par food, these firms go all out. Shout out to Proskauer last week which had mini sliders, salmon, and fancy cheese (I’m talking brie cheese people). Many times they’ll even have wine and local beer so you can relax and enjoy yourself. If the firm is downtown, you’ll be able to see more of the city and the amazing architecture Boston has. One International Place literally has an indoor waterfall coming from the ceiling! These events are publicized by the CDO and all you have to do is send an RSVP email and show up.

So make sure to bring some friends and you’ll be living the high life! Not to mention get some facetime with some very qualified lawyers who were in your shoes not too long ago. Many BU alums are in the area and may even know your professors. They’ll have advice on how to survive law school, how grades don’t matter that much, and how to get the job you want.

Coffee Events:

These are my personal favorite. If you find a firm that practices in the field you want to work in, don’t be afraid to reach out. Send an email and ask an attorney to coffee. Most of the time they’ll be very receptive and willing to meet. Showing initiative and interest in the firm is the best way to network in. Once you meet, try not to be too eager about employment at these meetings. They obviously know you want a job. Don’t pester them with questions about how qualified you are for the job – this is not an interview, this is an informal meeting. This is a time to get personal and see if life in a firm is for you and if your field of interest is what you think it is. Make sure to email them a thank you note and ask any follow-up questions afterwards.

Pro-Bono/Volunteer Work

Volunteering in the community can actually be a great way to de-stress and get away from the law school. It also offers an opportunity to broaden your perspective and even network. Personally, I have been volunteering with the Sierra Club – each month we get together and write Letters to the Editor of various newspapers about environmental issues. Very low key, but you feel like you are actually doing something. I’ve met a few people and even learned of some opportunities to actually use my legal skills! You never know when an opportunity might present itself, so always be on the lookout.

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