Small law firms tend to hire any time of the year based on their current needs, and they most often hire someone with whom they have a connection. You can create that connection by networking at local Bar Association events. Most Bar Associations have events year round, including luncheons and socials. Bar associations also sponsor continuing education seminars, which provide excellent opportunities to network with lawyers in your chosen area of law. For example, check out the events listed below sponsored by the Jacksonville Bar Association in the upcoming months. Generally, you do not have to be a member of the Bar Association to attend the event, but student membership is $30 a year. Then, call or meet with a Career Services Counselor to plan your strategy for creating your connection at the event!