Michael Allen of Lateral Link presents 14 tips for the JD Class of 2015. Those take a lot of space on Abovethelaw.com.
Unfortunately, too many have to do with networking. There's more to success than putting together networks.
Unfortunately, also, even when discussing the networking tips, the experts Allen rounds up really don't hit and hit hard two realities. They are.
One, you better have something of value to trade if you want to be taken seriously on networks. Otherwise you will become labeled as a pest. Even in Dale Carnegie seminars, which advocate sincerity, the bottom line is that the networking game is about the mutual exchange of favors. You don't bop in empty-handed.
And, two, there are myriad ways even newbie JDs can start horse trading.
For example, if you went to elite prep schools you can trade that insight about the admissions process and contacts with key players on networks. You bet, partners want their kids to get into those schools.
Another way is to be a good listener. Many in power do not have friends. You can position yourself as Friend. However, that doesn't always pay off since the powerful feel entitled. They may be using your ear, rent-free.
Probably more harm is done early in careers through inept networking than through any other ineffective tactic.