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Deadline: Law School Affiliate Networking Grant Applications Due

October 2, 2023

As a law student with future plans of moving into the legal profession, it is beneficial to begin growing your professional network as soon as possible. Establishing a support system of other attorneys is beneficial no matter what area of the law you end up working in. With this in mind, the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division has established the Law School Networking Grant to assist with funding an event focused on networking.

The event can take many forms, but past events have included:

  • A Micro-Mentoring Event, where individuals set aside an hour and are paired throughout that hour with 2-3 different individuals with predesigned questions to get to know each other;
  • Mentor Speed Dating, where individuals are given 2-3 minutes to meet each other (much like a speed dating context) to decide if their interests click and whether they would like to start a Mentor/Mentee relationship outside of the event; and
  • “Table of 8,” where you take attendees with varying levels of professional experience (like an Inn of Court) and have them meet or attend a dinner/lunch together, typically several tables will be formed but the goal is to keep it to approximately 5-8 people to facilitate a mix of experience levels while maintaining a more personal group atmosphere (one example of a group pairing would be 1 senior attorney, 1 young attorney, a 3L, a 2L, and a 1L); or,

You can also create your own event or opt for a traditional mixer with law students and lawyers. The options for your event are endless and we encourage you to reach out to your Alumni Associations and Voluntary Bars to make the very most of your event. If you are looking for more inspiration on how to put together the perfect networking event, please consult the Affiliate Program Idea Bank located at: https://flayld.org/affiliates/law-school-grants/.

Please note, all funding decisions are within the sole discretion of The Florida Bar YLD, and projects that are inconsistent with the activities and priorities of The Florida Bar will not be funded.

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October 2, 2023
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