How to Conquer Your Fear of Networking

American Bar Association Student Lawyer  Vol. 43 No. 5

In the first installment of a two-part series on networking for law students, we describe the natural aversion that many people have to networking and suggest thinking about it in a different way to make it less stressful. We also identify advantages that law students in particular have in the networking process. Part II will run in our next issue and will tackle strategies for making the most of different types of networking situations students and new attorneys encounter.

Over the years, I’ve spoken a lot on networking to groups of students and professionals of both the lawyer and nonlawyer variety. During these presentations, people take notes and nod vigorously. But when talking one-on-one to students, and particularly law students, about their personal networking strategy, I get a fairly common reaction from law students: I’m not going to do it. The two main reasons they give may be the ones that are going through your heads right now:  READ MORE

Katherine Erwin

Katherine Erwin

As the Commission's Special Projects Director, Katherine managed the statewide attorney mentoring program and other special projects. She practiced law in Chicago for 20 years. Then she founded the Chicago office of a legal placement agency, and placed highly credentialed attorneys in law firms, corporate legal departments and governmental agencies. Most recently, Kathy served in the Career Services Office of the University of Chicago Law School. A graduate of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and the University of Michigan Law School, she lives in Lincoln Park with her husband and daughter.

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Katherine Erwin

Katherine Erwin

As the Commission's Special Projects Director, Katherine managed the statewide attorney mentoring program and other special projects. She practiced law in Chicago for 20 years. Then she founded the Chicago office of a legal placement agency, and placed highly credentialed attorneys in law firms, corporate legal departments and governmental agencies. Most recently, Kathy served in the Career Services Office of the University of Chicago Law School. A graduate of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and the University of Michigan Law School, she lives in Lincoln Park with her husband and daughter.

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