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Networking Advice for Law Students Part V: The Harder You Work, The Luckier You’ll Be

In the first four installments of this series I recommended you:

Not surprisingly, this all takes a lot of work and attention. But it does pay dividends. And it gets easier, just like anything, with practice.

In my household growing up there was an expression I liked: a person makes her own luck. Recently I heard an attorney offer a similar sentiment: the harder you work, the luckier you'll be. This is true in so many aspects of the profession, but it's certainly the key to a successful professional network. 

Do yourself a favor and set aside a regular period of time each day, week, or month to check in on your networks and work on maintaining and developing connections. It doesn't have to take time away from other work. Have following-up on business cards from a reception earlier in the week be the thing you do in lieu of surfing the web in between focusing on an outline or paper.  Make a date with a potential mentor to have coffee near their office - but don't waste time going there and back and breaking up your day, just study at that cafe all afternoon. 

Alright ladies, that's it. Get out there and start schmoozing!

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