Loyola has given me several opportunities to network and explore different areas of law. Most recently, I attended the Speed Networking event sponsored by the Career Development Center. I was able to spend five minutes with alumni and polish my networking skills. The five minutes allowed a limited time to introduce ourselves and meet the alumni. I found this experience helpful and insightful. We were put on the spot to come up with a professional and welcoming introduction and expected to carry the conversation. The attorneys came from varying backgrounds and were very enthusiastic to offer us advice outside of the networking event.
In addition to the alumni events, another source of networking is among peers. Many of my classmates have provided invaluable connections and resources. I have found that people genuinely want to help each other where they can. For example, I recommended a fellow section mate for a judicial externship this spring. I spent the previous semester as a judicial extern and knew he would make an excellent fit. He is currently an extern for my previous supervisor with a different Judge.