Networking strategies?

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jad0re
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Networking strategies?

Postby jad0re » Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:05 pm

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Lacepiece23
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Re: Networking strategies?

Postby Lacepiece23 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:05 pm

jad0re wrote:0L here. I have some possibly stupid questions that I was hoping someone could help with.

A while back, I visited a big law in my city and got introduced to some lawyers via an alum(partner). Now I want to meet with them 1:1 and take some time to get to know them, possibly over a meal. But I'm quite concerned about how I should take the next step.

I mean, I hear biglaw life is extremely busy that people get like 30 minutes or something for lunch. I feel like this isn't enough time, or is this how everyone does it? Yet wouldn't inviting them to dinner be awkward in a way? If I were them I personally would just want to go straight home after work. Also one of them is a recent law school grad of opposite gender who looks around my age. I might be overthinking stuff but wouldn't asking him sound like a date proposition, which would make things super awkward?

Help me TLSers! What should I say?


ask them for coffee or lunch. Dinner is weird. They all take lunches most of the time anyway, and if they don't they would probably be happy to meet up for coffee during the day. Dinner can seem like you're going on a date. I'm sure they'll make time for you if you actually connected with them. good luck.

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Re: Networking strategies?

Postby Dixie » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:55 pm

When I am bored I browse lawyer directories at big firms looking for alumni.(i know...weird)

If they are on linkedin I send them an email and ask for 15mins of their time to learn about them and their career. Most of them have returned my request suggesting lunch.

My advice is to approach older firm members as they tend to be the most interested in talking to young people starting out.

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