GUEST BLOG Makenzie Way, 2L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
It may be February but it’s never too late to make New Year’s Resolutions! While money management, clean eating, and gym memberships are common resolutions amongst the masses, I’m more concerned about resolutions specific to the law student.
1. Adhere to the Professional 24/Hour Response Timeline for all Forms of Communication.
As law students we get busy, as a
2. Set a Time Limit for Your Weekly Netflix Viewing.
We’ve all been there. You start a new Netflix series. You click play while telling yourself it’s only going to take 40 minutes out of your day. Then, three hours later you’re three episodes deep into your Netflix binge session. Setting maximum viewing times for the week makes you think twice about clicking play repeatedly.
3. View Every Opportunity as a Networking Opportunity.
As 1L’s networking opportunities were handed to us leading up to on campus interviewing. As 2L’s there are less formal networking opportunities, but that doesn’t mean you should stop networking all together. Every interaction that you have with a firm, attorney, or judge is a networking opportunity that you should be taking advantage of.
4. Begin Improving Your Wardrobe
In a few months we’ll be entering the legal world again as summer associates, many of us in private law firms. In one year’s time we’ll be first year associates or fellows. It’s time to supplement our jeans and legging filled wardrobes with classy suits, dress shirts, and at least one pair of dress shoes.
5. Be Aware of Your Social Media Image
You may have a summer job under your belt but don’t forget that partners, competing firms, bar associations, and prospective clients are all on social media. You don’t want your social media past coming to bite you later on in your professional career. Start thinking now about removing old posts, making your accounts private, and being mindful of what you post and/or allow yourself to be tagged in from hereon.
Did you make New Year’s Resolutions or will you be making some? Share them with me and other law school students on Instagram or Twitter: @The2Llife