Networking Doesn’t Have to Be Painful

When we graduate from law school, we are told that the most important thing we need to do is network. We need to build relationships with other attorneys, and we always need to be looking for new client opportunities. However, law school does not offer Networking 101. Most new lawyers don’t know where to begin, and new lawyers who are not comfortable working a room at a networking event feel even more lost. Many of us have been eaten alive by the networking beast, and we have discovered that there is more than one way to conquer it. 

To address the networking woes many of experience early on and even later in our careers, we've put together a special, digital-only issue devoted to the topic. The inaugural issue of TYL In Focus provides perspectives on how to become more comfortable in practice, suggestions for the best places to make connections, and tips and tactics on cementing good habits into your daily networking regimen. It also includes a painful look back at some of our own rookie mistakes. A helpful guide for young and experienced attorneys, TYL In Focus: Networking is available as a free download (PDF and EPUB formats) to members of the ABA YLD.

And we'd love to hear from you. Send us your own networking experiences, nightmares or otherwise, and what you’ve learned by writing to us at

-- TYL Editorial Board


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