The Value of Networking for Diverse Attorneys

Shannon Liu Shair
Networking is an opportunity to work on your communication skills, and it will help you feel more connected to your diverse communities.

Networking is an opportunity to work on your communication skills, and it will help you feel more connected to your diverse communities.

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Lawyers and law students often see networking as an exciting process and a necessary evil. In law school, students are frequently instructed to learn how to network and often set up networking events with a specific focus or demographic in mind. For instance, there may be an alumni night focused on practitioners from specific fields or an event geared toward underrepresented groups in the legal industry. This might lead you to believe that networking needs to happen in a structured scenario specifically set up for this purpose. However, networking doesn’t have to be formal, and it doesn’t even have to be solely with other attorneys.

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