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Erin Sayes
Class of 2011

"I quickly realized how LSU Law maintains such a respectable reputation when I met the other students. LSU sets high admissions standards, so everyone enters law school with a background as the "top student" in their undergraduate curriculum. Having highly intelligent peers just enhances the overall quality of the education at LSU Law."

The LSU Law Center is named in honor of Paul M. Hebert, dean of the school from 1937 - 1977. During that time, Hebert also served periodically as Acting President of LSU, Dean of the University, and Civilian Judge in the Nuremberg Tribunal. LSU Law Center's global role as a center for legal scholarship is rooted in his expansion and guidance of the school's research and study assets.

Networking Resources


1: the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically: the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business (Merriam-Webster)

Networking is a critically important piece of the job search process for new law graduates and all lawyers.  This is the creative process of enlisting friends, family, colleagues, acquaintences, contacts, and others to connect you with new people with whom you can form relationships.  Follow-through is key, and you should take every possible opportunity to meet other lawyers through introductions in live social settings, and even through social media (i.e. LinkedIn).  When you make connections as a law student, you may be positioned to offer your services as a law clerk during the school year or winter break, or as a summer associate.  Local bar associations, student organizations that focus on specific legal practice areas, and attending CLE programs are just a few ways that you can begin to network with other lawyers.  LSU also maintains an extensive alumni database, and the Career Services Office can help you identify alumni contacts in your area of geographic preference.  

The purpose of networking is for you to learn more about other lawyers and different areas of practice, and to market yourself as a potential new associate/employee.  You should spend some time thinking about your "2-minute elevator speech" -- the basics of your introduction to new contacts, and highlights of your personal experiences or educational endeavors.  Networking takes practice, and will be a very important skill that you develop as a law student and new lawyer.        


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