One thing I would encourage any law student to do is to take advantage of free memberships that your Career Services department might sponsor. I wrote awhile back that I was being sponsored through my school for the American Inn of Courts. I had another meeting tonight and I would say that this networking opportunity is invaluable. You will meet lawyers, professors, and judges. Tonight, I sat next to a Circuit Court Judge that someday I will appear before. Over the next year, I will have lots of opportunities for face time with people who I will work with in the years to come. I had a great time getting to know the people I will work with in the future.
Funny enough, I had emailed an attorney for work today. Tonight, our school introduced each of us. After dinner, this attorney I had emailed came over and introduced himself. Was very interesting to meet opposing counsel outside of the adversary situation across a courtroom from each other.
My point being.....take advantage of all memberships that will give you networking opportunities, especially if you plan on practicing in the area.