A Wasserman Career Ambassador’s Top Tips for Networking at Exploring a Legal Career

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Isaro Carter is a junior studying Applied Psychology in Steinhardt—but she wants to be an entertainment lawyer! She has a passion for rap music, cartoons, and really good food. When she isn’t working with the Wasserman Career Ambassadors, she can be found at your nearest gym or in Bobst studying. This semester Isaro is on the Freshman & Sophomore Engagement team with her fellow Wasserman Career Ambassadors, as she hopes to help more underclassman get better acquainted with Wasserman.

On Tuesday, October 27th from 5:30-7pm, the Wasserman Center is hosting Exploring a Legal Career in collaboration with the Preprofessional Office at CAS. There will be five attorneys present to speak with students in a roundtable discussion about the law, law school, practicing law, and careers in law.  Now that you know what the event will entail, do you know how to get the most out of it? Here are some tips to help you do just that!

  1. Be professional – If you do nothing else, make sure you maintain a professional demeanor—you want to make a good impression!
  2. Do your research Knowing as much as you can about the kind of law area you are interested in, the law school you want to go to, etc. will help you to formulate better questions, and you’ll stand out that much more.
  3. Make sure your elevator pitch* is tight – For more reasons than one, your elevator pitch will come in handy; for this particular event, it’ll make you look very professional and seem like a no-nonsense kind of student.
  4. If someone really speaks to you, ask for/take their business card – This one is a no-brainer. This will allow you to keep in contact with them.
  5. Send a follow-up email – For this one, you have to gauge the appropriateness of sending an email—if you find that you made a genuine connection and would like to learn more by speaking further with this individual, reach out with a follow up email because it’s a simple gesture that can go a long way.

*Bonus: The Elevator Pitch – It isn’t only used for meeting people in elevators! When networking, you really only have a couple of seconds to hook people and give them a general sense of who you are and to make a lasting impression, so having a quick, concise pitch ready to go will always come in handy.  When constructing your pitch be sure that it answers these questions:

  • Who are you?
  • Where do you go to school?
  • What do you do?
  • What are you interested in doing?
  • What can you offer?

Having all of these elements can give people a quick snapshot of who you are and what they can help you with (if they are so inclined) or to whom they can refer you. Getting this down will make you look like a power player, even if you’re only an undergrad—remember, you always want to make a good impression!

Now that you’ve read all of these tips, you should be in good shape to maximize your opportunities at the Exploring a Legal Career event.  You won’t want to miss it!

Exploring a Legal Career will take place on Tuesday, October 27, 5:30-7:00 PM at The Wasserman Center, Presentation Room A.  It’s being sponsored by The Stern Business & Law Association and the NYU Opportunities Program.  Whether you’re sure a career in law is for you, or you’re just curious about the field, join the event for round-table conversations and networking!  It’s open to all majors.  RSVP here!