How important is networking prior to 1L contact deadline?

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Kohinoor
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How important is networking prior to 1L contact deadline?

Postby Kohinoor » Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:41 pm

There are several networking opportunities coming up. Is it worth it to attend them if I'm prohibited from soliciting or receiving job offers for another month? Assume that attendance would involve going hours and a few hundred miles out of my way.

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Re: How important is networking prior to 1L contact deadline?

Postby adamlippes » Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:08 pm

Nope.

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Re: How important is networking prior to 1L contact deadline?

Postby chipmunk » Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:32 pm

At this point I think that the only case in which it is really worth it is if someone comes to speak at your school (ESPECIALLY if there is free lunch involved). In my fall semester of 1L year, we had two District Judges and a few public interest lawyers come to speak at our school. I went to their talks and was able to write in my cover letter how much I enjoyed meeting them/hearing them speak. This is a good way to separate yourself. Another great "local" networking opportunity is talking to 2Ls and/or 3Ls who summered where you'd like to summer this year. It's nice to be able to mention to employers that so and so recommended that you contact them because they had a great time and they think it would be a good fit. This is the only "networking" that's really worth it 1L Fall, in my mind. HTH




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