Networking is an important part of the legal profession and something that all attorneys, whether they like it or not, must do as part of their careers. In addition to looking for job leads, networking is many things: talking to friends of friends, joining a club or organization because you have an interest in something and meeting other people with the same interest, and asking for advice.
Why should you network? Research shows that networking is the single most effective way of getting a job. A recent NALP survey indicates that almost half of the jobs law students got were through self-initiated contact with their employers or by a referral. Also, as tempting as they are, mass mailings don´t usually work. You may feel productive as you merge hundreds of letters and send them out, waiting by the mailbox or telephone for any type of response. Hiding behind a mass mailing is not putting you in touch with the people who can ultimately help you. Most importantly, by networking you are practicing skills that you will use your entire legal career even if you stay with one employer.
The SCU Law LinkedIn Mentor Directory is a resource for students and alumni seeking to expand their professional network and gain invaluable knowledge from a mentor in the wider legal community. Alumni members can offer advice to students based on their own experiences in a difficult job market and their experiences since graduating from SCU Law. The SCU Law Mentor Directory is also a hub for discussions on a wide range of topics relevant to the wider legal community, such as job search advice, recent legal trends, and a changing job market.
As you network with others, remember that it is not about getting a job from them. Instead, focus on obtaining advice, information or additional contacts. Other sources for networking possibilities include: