Building Your Network
Part of what makes a legal career successful is the strength of your relationships and connections. Dickinson Law boasts nearly 9,000 alumni and the Penn State Alumni network is one of the largest in the world with 690,000 living alums. Dickinson Law offers several opportunities for students to begin building their professional network and developing mentorship relationships, starting the first semester of law school. Over Alumni and Convocation Weekend, the Career Services Office organizes an annual speed-networking event that provides students with the opportunity to practice their elevator speeches and be introduced to alumni practitioners. Additionally, students interact with alumni practitioners in Problem-Solving I: The Lawyer and Client during their first semester and continue to develop an understanding of how they might utilize their law degree through meeting attorneys from various sectors of practice during their second semester course, Practicing Law in a Global World: Contexts & Competencies. As part of this course, students conduct informational interviews with attorney practitioners to learn more about possible legal career paths.
During their second and third years of law school, Dickinson Law students continue to develop connections with attorneys in practice by engaging with on-site attorney supervisors as part of the Internship Program or Semesters-in-Practice. Additionally, professional development and leadership opportunities abound. Students may choose to participate in the Leading Law Students Program or other pro bono activities through the Miller Center for Public Interest Law and Advocacy that allows them to engage with the greater South Central Pennsylvania Community through nonprofit board service or other volunteer work.