Networking Your Way To An In-House Position

As I wrap up this week’s discussion on exploring an in-house career, I cannot place enough emphasis on the importance of networking!  Research consistently shows that most job seekers land a job through networking.  In fact, 70% of Florida Coastal grads find their first job through networking.  In order to position yourself for an in-house counsel position, you should start establishing meaningful connections with in-house lawyers during law school.  Many in-house lawyers belong to the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global voluntary bar association exclusively for attorneys who practice law as employees of private sector organizations and who do not hold themselves out to the public for the practice of law.  The North Florida chapter of the ACC allows law students to participate in their chapter activities free of charge.  If you are interested in learning more about student involvement in the ACC, please email me directly (afourman@fcsl.edu), and I will notify you of upcoming ACC events.  The Career Services Department (CSD) can also facilitate connections with alumni who work in-house to set up informational interviews so that you can learn more about what it’s really like to work in-house.  Make an appointment with a CSD counselor today to develop a personalized networking strategy.  In addition to traditional networking, networking through social media has become increasingly relevant in recent years, and law students are well advised to establish a professional social media presence.  Stop by the CSD library for resources to help you get started.  I personally recommend Amanda Ellis’ The 6Ps of the Big 3 for Job-Seeking JDs, which is tailored to law students and lawyers and walks you through establishing profiles, navigating, and utilizing the three major social networking websites(LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook) for your job search.   LinkedIn also offers a weekly webinar, LinkedIn 101: The basics of LinkedIn, every Wednesday at 2pm (EST).  The earlier you start to position yourself for your dream job, the more attainable it will be!