Legal Outreach prepares high school youth from underserved communities for higher education and professional careers through intensive legal and educational programs that foster vision, develop skills, and enhance students' confidence in their ability to achieve their goals.
Help High School freshmen hone their networking and conversational skills as they prepare for summer internships at law firms!
Legal Outreach has developed a Professional Development and Exposure Program (PDEP), the purpose of which is to help prepare students for its Summer Internship Program – a five-week program where rising sophomore students are placed at public interest, judicial, financial, and private law firm placements with the hope that they will be inspired to pursue professional careers, particularly within the field of law. The networking event at Dechert LLP on Tuesday, June 27th will be the culmination of PDEP. Beginning July 10th, students will be serving as interns at various placements. The goal of the Night of Networking event is to have students hone their conversational and networking skills as they will be working directly with attorneys and other legal professionals throughout the summer. For many teens, the idea of initiating and maintaining a conversation with an adult is daunting, to say the least, so the more practice and constructive feedback they receive, the better.
To help students prepare for their internships, they will participate in speed-communication sessions, similar to speed-dating. Approximately sixty students will be split into three groups of six to seven and will be assigned to a room for the sessions. In each room, there will be three themed stations: (1) Getting to Know You; (2) Choosing Colleges and Careers; and (3) Hot Topics.
- At the Getting to Know You Station, students will be assessed on how well they introduced themselves (first impressions), discussed their personal interests and asked questions about the professionals’ personal background while sharing information about their own.
- At the Choosing Colleges and Careers Station, students will be assessed on how well they engaged the professionals with questions pertaining to their high school, college, and law school experiences and their current position. Students will also be expected to discuss their career aspirations.
- At the Hot Topics station, students will be assessed on their knowledge of current events and how well they engaged professionals in discussions on controversial issues or contemporary topics. Conversations will draw upon politics and other current events.
- Within each room, the three groups will rotate—speed dating style—to every station, spending 15 minutes at each. Once all groups have rotated, we will end the speed-communication sessions.
There will also be time for informal networking as well as a panel discussion where we will ask a few participants to give students feedback as well as share some tips on how to be an effective conversationalist and networker.
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4:30 - 5:00PM / Registration
5:00 - 6:00PM / Speed Communication Sessions
6:00 - 6:30PM / Reception
6:30 - 6:45PM / Panel Discussion
6:45 - 7:00PM / Closing Remarks