Monday, May 2, 2022

Networking and CDO

Although I have tried to attend different panels for different topics, I have not been able to attend any involving guest speakers. However, one of my friends attended a panel and set up a private meeting with the guest attorney for me and another friend to attend. The attorney we met with has experience working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office which was really fascinating to hear about. Aside from this experience, I have been able to learn about the different roles of government attorneys and property tax attorneys through my mentor. I have already learned so much, but I know there is much more to learn about. I hope to attend panels throughout this semester and the rest of my time here at Loyola because they’re easily accessible and allow students to ask questions. Networking and attending events are great ways to network and build connections. Prior to attending law school, I was very nervous about networking and having to meet new people, but it’s been great so far. The COVID pandemic caused many of us to stay indoors and work from home, which for me was the reason I dreaded interacting with others in-person. Fortunately, Loyola has been very cautious and aware of CDC guidelines. Some panels and events have been remote while others have been in-person. It has been interesting navigating law school during a pandemic, but I am grateful for in-person learning. Another warranted effect of the pandemic is that OCI was virtual this year. 

I previously thought OCI was for big law and other law firms, but I was surprised to learn that there is an OCI for public interest and government law positions. Truthfully, I didn’t know whether to bid on as many positions as possible or to focus on a select few. I decided to bid on as many as possible and hope for the best. As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, I had several interviews and received many great offers (exciting!). I recently accepted my summer job offer with a public interest organization and I am very excited to get hands-on experience. The work will be remote but I know it will be a great experience nonetheless. If you are out there reading this as a prospective law student, be fearless, be daring, and remain flexible!