Effectve way to get 0L legal experience and contacts?

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eye
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Effectve way to get 0L legal experience and contacts?

Postby eye » Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:51 pm

I don't know anyone in the legal field and would like to make some contacts. I'm looking to get any kind of legal experience and get a better idea of what I want to do after law school.

Is it acceptable to do cold walk ins and ask for internship/volunteer opportunities? I'm thinking just get a whole bunch of leads from the phone book and internet and follow accordingly.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

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Re: Effectve way to get 0L legal experience and contacts?

Postby sapp » Tue Jan 19, 2010 2:32 pm

I'd start by talking to friends/family/coworkers etc. You'd be surprised how many people know someone that practices law and usually you can get a connection that way.

Other than that you can try the phonebook/email/call approach or search the way you would search for any job.

I've heard that http://www.martindale.com is a great directory for attorneys (and free!).

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Re: Effectve way to get 0L legal experience and contacts?

Postby Sobriquet » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:06 am

I would also look at volunteer opportunities through Idealist.org. In this economy, you are probably going to get a public interest job your 1L summer and it definitely helps if you have some volunteer, non-profit type experience/interest on your resume, even if you eventually want to work at a law firm.

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Re: Effectve way to get 0L legal experience and contacts?

Postby eye » Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:45 pm

Thanks for the links!




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