Professor Andrea Carroll Law Faculty
"Lawyers know if they hire an LSU student, that student is coming out of law school ready to practice and ready to handle the tough cases."(more)
On the front of the law school building, above the frieze, are three sculpted life-sized figures: a lawyer in the center, a soldier representing those who have fought to safeguard rule by law, and a laborer symbolizing the role of the masses in support of the law.
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.