In my first few days as a 1L in law school, I think I heard the work “networking” more than I heard the word “law.” Public Relations may want to consider rebranding law school “Networking or Bust.” If you are reading this, you are aware that the bulk of job hunting is during law school. The networking events, the bar association happy hours. Remember? We went out bright-eyed to get coffees with overworked lawyers who are probably wondering when they lost that same bright-eyed wonder.
There are generally two options for jobs out of law school. Either you landed an offer before graduation and have the stress of making sure you pass. Or, you haven’t landed an offer, and also have the stress of making sure you pass. So, you are looking for that official license as your ticket into a firm. The bar exam comes, but that ticket doesn’t. What now? The rumor is no one will hire you if you’re not a licensed attorney, right? How does one network for a law firm position without being a licensed attorney? Well buckle up for the next two main considerations.