Why is legal networking important? How can you build your legal network?
👨💻 If you want to connect with a particular attorney, start by looking at their LinkedIn page. See what committees or organizations they belong to, to and join those. That’s a great start to building new relationships and exponentially growing your network. Join FB and WhatsApp groups for that interest area, as those groups are filled with highly engaged professionals looking to connect with others and share their expertise.
📝 See what interests your new connection has and write to them. Tell them that you share interests, showing that you genuinely want to continue learning about that topic and can discuss it together.
❓ What questions should I ask at a law networking event?
Approach people at social events from the groups you’ve joined. You should participate in industry- and specialty-focused events to network with professionals in the sector you are interested in growing in. Ask someone in that new area you are exploring to mentor you! Some questions you can ask:
🔹 How is the training/onboarding process at your firm/among the firms your peers work for?
🔹 Do senior managers give you big responsibilities? How do you build trust at your firm?
🔹 What projects have you been assigned? Tell me more about your responsibilities.
🔹 How much direct contact do you have with clients?
🔹 When you’re given a task, do you find that deadlines are communicated effectively?
🔹 In a typical week, how many hours do you work?
🔹 How likely are you to receive your preference seat on your training contract?
Post and share forms and good materials in those groups. You will be seen as a generous and engaged person; people will want to be generous with you in return.
☝ Volunteer in community organizations! Join local bar associations and participate. See if you can become a leader. Give back to your community and make connections in the process. You can make events and organize interesting topics.
⚖️🏢 The post-bar admission education that attorneys must periodically present evidence of completing is formally referred to as Continuing Legal Education (CLE). By regularly presenting their CLE, attorneys show evidence that they’re still on top of the information needed to make them credible legal counsel professionals. Create CLEs for narrow topics and invite the people you are interested in meeting — both to speak at and attend.
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