So you got accepted to law school — congratulations! You’re definitely on your way to a new chapter in your life. However, if you really want to make sure that things go well for you in your new life, you will need to ensure that you are building a support network in law school from the first day that you attend.
It might seem odd to try to build a network so fast, but when you look at it from the right perspective, you’ll actually find that it’s really not as far fetched as you might imagine. This is because it’s really all about getting the best education possible. You will need to learn in life how to leverage the information that others have for you anyway. If you can’t work well with others in law school, you will have a hard time leveraging the strength of other people after college.
You might think that no one will want to actually build something like that with you, but why sell yourself short? I mean, I thought the same thing when I first came to law school, but I had to learn that everyone sees you as a resource, and it’s a good thing. If people see that you’re someone that can get things done, then thy will definitely want to work, with you. I hate to break it to you, but everything that comes with law school is all about the connections that you make. If you really make sure that you do your best to actually reach out and talk to people about your law school experience, they will help you in areas that you’re weak in. The least that you can do is make sure that you’re able to actually help them in the areas that they are weak as well, right?
To get started, here are a few things that you need to keep in mind:
Make sure that you stay friendly. It’s easy to feel like everyone’s a resource, and they are, but that doesn’t mean that you always need to cut to the chase. Take the time to introduce yourself and actually mention something that has nothing to do with law school. This is a great way to ensure that you are always bonding with people first, and resources second.
By the same token, you still want to make sure that you’re respecting people’s time as much as possible. This is because it’s very easy to just assume that everyone has the same time constraints as you do. Yu might run into someone that actually has outside obligations than just law school, so you don’t want to bother them too much.
When you do contact someone like that, you will need to make sure that you’re keeping your responses very short. As mentioned before, they just don’t have that much time to really deal with what you need on top of the things that they already need.
To make sure that you’re delivering the same type of value, you will need to make sure that you’re taking good notes and that you’re paying attention in school. Since you’re paying so much money just to have the privilege of going to law school, you don’t want to waste a single moment just because you get a little frustrated at first.
Of course, you don’t want to just limit to studying together. If there’s another issue that you need to handle, you can get a lot done just through having a support network. It’s something to think about as you go through law school. If you’re a shy person, just think about it from this perspective: you don’t want to lose out on building resources you need for success, do you? Who knows, you might actually find someone as shy as you, and everyone needs a friend.
Let’s face it — law school is going to demand a lot out of you, and it’s so much easier to deal with it when you have friends than if you had to deal with everything on your own. Take these tips with you and use them to build a support network that works for you, not the other way around!