You’re going to hear this time and time again: It is so very important to get involved, beyond the classroom, while you are in law school.
Of course, you’re here to learn the law. You’re also here to meet other people and, perhaps most importantly, broaden your network of potential career contacts. The ultimate goal, after all, is to pass the bar exam and find a job practicing law in some capacity. Making an effort to get involved with school organizations will lay the foundation to form bonds with peers and legal professionals, from attorneys to judges. Those who my be able to open a few doors, get your name in front of the right decision-makers or offer you a position outright.
Sure, 2L year is a grind and finding the time to get involved may be difficult. It’s easy to let it slide by. But here are some compelling reasons to consider as to why you really should:
You’ll feel more connected to the entire law school community. Being involved with organizations is a great way to meet your classmates. Not only will you interact with students from your year, you’ll also get to know law students from all years.
Your connections to the legal community will grow. Many lawyers are involved in law school organizations or volunteer in the legal community. The more you put yourself out there, the more connections you’ll make. You never know (and it bears repeating), joining an organization could lead you to a future job.
You’ll find a sense of belonging. Law school is tough because it’s pretty much like high school but with older people. Cliques are present and everyone is competing to be on top. Joining an organization will make you forget all of that nonsense. How? Everyone who joined that organization did so to fulfill a common purpose. You’ll feel a sense of belonging. You and everyone else will be devoted to a set of goals and driven to meet them. (No unnecessary drama.)
You’ll have new experiences. When the times comes and you look back on your law school years, you’ll fondly recall cherished memories from student activities. By joining an organization, you’ll experience things you otherwise would not have. You may even gain some new skills, too (like party planning for Barrister’s Ball or creating a symposium).
Important skills will carry over into your professional career. The skills that you learn from being involved, like networking and time management, will carry over into your professional life. Being involved as an attorney is a great way to maintain relationships and form new connections with the legal community.