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Law Career Services Resources: Networking & Relationship Building

OSBA Law Student Membership

Ohio State Bar Association law school student associate membership is open to any law school student (excluding LL.M. candidates) enrolled in an American Bar Association accredited law school for free.

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ABA Law Student Membership

Join the American Bar Association as a student member for only $25 a year, and received the benefits of networking in the largest professional organization or attorneys in the world.

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Click here for information from the ABA Law Student Division about Networking and Career Development.


Networking, simply put, is the process of building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships. While effective networking is undoubtedly a critical element of nearly every law student’s successful job search, the true value of networking extends far beyond your 1L or 2L summer. Forming authentic relationships with professionals who willingly take a personal interest in your professional development requires time and thoughtful execution, but will bring about a host of benefits throughout your career.

State & Local Bar Associations

ABA State & Local Bar Associations

Search for your state and local bar associations using this helpful tool from the ABA. Consider joining bar associations where you anticipate relocating after law school and start networking with the local bar.


Start your online networking as a law student with a professional Linkedin profile. Use this to network with your law school classmates and professors, but also other lawers and legal professionals with whom you've worked or interacted wtih, and start using a tool now that could help you in practice for years to come.

Remember to keep it professional, and treat your profile like an online version of your resume and a window into you as a future employee, colleague, or referral source.

Check out the resources below for tips on creating and updating your Linkedin profile, and making the most out of its use:

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