Why Join an Organization?
Why are student organizations important? What do students get out of being involved?
Student organizations are a vital part of our law school community. These organizations afford students the opportunity to develop professional relationships, offer support during the challenging days of school and give students the opportunity to become involved in their law school and the community at large.
Is participation in a student organization something to include on a resume? Do hiring partners really care if a student was part of an organization?
Students benefit from having student organization membership as well as leadership positions on their resume. It provides opportunities for good discussion during interviews and help hiring partners get to know the law student. These discussions, in some instances, allow prospective employers the chance to learn what issues that are of interest to the law student.
Does it serve as a job networking opportunity for later? How can students make the experience/membership work for them?
Student organization membership and leadership positions are a source of commonality that can provide a connection between the candidate and the person conducting the interview; these interactions are often the ones that allow the walls of intimidation that are otherwise present during an interview to dissipate and allow the true personality to shine. Through the commitment and active participation in organizations, students show future potential in future commitments including professional organizations and their career.
How can I join an organization?
Each year, at the School of Law's new student orientation, representatives of the student organizations participate in a Street Fair to introduce students to the many opportunities for involvement at the School Additionally, each week in the LawNews there are announcements of meeting times or activities sponsored by various organizations which are open to all to attend. Also see the listing of the executive board for this year's active student organizations here. Feel free to contact them for more information about joining their organization.