New lawyers often overlook their law school alumni organizations as rich networking venues, eschewing them in favor of other professional organizations. Becoming an active and engaged alumnus is an excellent way to add value to your law degree, meet attorneys in a social setting and open doors to leadership and future employment opportunities. This column provides some suggestions for becoming an active alumnus, discuss pathways to leadership roles and highlight the benefits of engaging with your alumni organization.
Because the most visible elements of an alumni organization — alumni boards — are often populated with well-established and successful attorneys, some believe that making monetary donations to their alma mater is the only way to gain notoriety. However, involvement with your law school’s alumni organization may be easier and less expensive than expected. Contributions of time are crucial to the livelihood of a law school; in fact, they are as important as contributions of money. And while both time and money may be short in the years just after graduation, making time for alumni service is key to developing professional connections that will help move your career forward in the long term.
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