Young Lawyers Connect Kick-Off Reception
Sept 16, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

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You Don't Have to Network with Just Lawyers
By Diane Costigan

Networking is one of the most important tools any attorney has in his/her career toolbox. It can help you find a job, develop business, uncover hidden opportunities, discover previously unknown resources, and even develop longstanding friendships. Naturally, it will be most likely that you will network with other lawyers. One of the biggest mistakes I've seen clients make with respect to networking is to seek out only lawyers as contacts. Focusing your networking efforts exclusively with lawyers can limit your career development. Here's why....

  • Universal rule: It is a universal rule that everyone is a lawyer, is married or related to a lawyer or has a close personal friend who's a lawyer. So, no matter who you are talking to, you are never more than a few degrees away from a lawyer contact. For example, you may be looking for a job. The person who's always on the treadmill next to you at the gym who works in fashion and with whom you're now friends happens to be the daughter of the hiring partner at a mid-sized firm. Bingo! More

Have a career question, but no one to ask?

The New York City Bar's Committee on Career Advancement and Management of is here to answer your career questions. Whether you are a newly admitted attorney or been practicing for years, in the private or public sector, have questions about your current situation or are looking to take a new direction or reenter the profession, Ask the Experts can help.

We're still thinking of summer, but mark your calendars for these upcoming career and networking programs, beginning in August:

City Bar Summer Series
Hot Practice Areas for 2010

August 3, 4, and 5, 6:30 - 8:45 pm

Committee on Law Student Perspectives Annual Program Welcoming Reception

September 13, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Boot Camp 2010:
Basic Training for Lawyers

September 14 and 16, 12:45 - 5:30 pm

Young Lawyers Connect
Kick-Off Reception

September 16, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Careers in Government
September 21

Careers in Labor & Employment Law
October 12


Law Students and Recent Graduates- Save These Dates!

Hot Practice Areas for 2010
City Bar Summer Series
August 3, 4, and 5, 6:30 - 8:45 pm
The New York City Bar Association will be hosting a series for law students and recent law graduates highlighting practice areas that may offer the most opportunity in the coming years--Technology, Healthcare and Immigration.

Boot Camp 2010: Basic Training for Lawyers
September 14 and 16, 12:45 - 5:30 pm
This program will provide law students and recent law graduates with career planning information particularly relevant in a troubled economy, as well as practical and substantive insights into the practice of law. Topics will include how to perform an effective job search, communication skills, how to draft corporate documents, analyzing a court decision and drafting research memos.

Both the Summer Series and Boot Camp are free to students and alumni of sponsoring law schools.