Hi everyone, my name is Mike Muehe and I'm a 1L from Groton, Connecticut. I just finished my undergraduate career at the University of Connecticut at Avery Point, where I majored in American Studies, English, and Political Science. I'm a joint-degree student in the Historic Preservation program...
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A Break at Sea - Networking at RWU Law
“GAM. NOUN- A social meeting of two (or more) Whaleships, generally on a cruising-ground; when, after exchanging hails, they exchange visits by boats’ crews, the two captains remaining, for the time, on board of one ship, and the two chief mates on the other.” - Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
One of the most impressive things I’ve seen while at RWU Law is the number of networking events put on for students. Whether a club brings in a guest speaker, offers to pair you up with a mentor, or even just holds a gathering, among other things, the school makes it incredibly easy to get to know so many nearby professionals in the law field. From Multicultural Law Student Association to The Alliance (LGBT), Women’s Law Society to the Honors Program, and every club and organization in between, a law student’s network can open up immensely. This is beyond networking on Facebook or LinkedIn. This is meeting lawyers face-to-face, who are eager to hear our stories, answer our questions, and help prepare us for the years ahead. Sometimes too, you’ll meet a lawyer, or even another student, whose story reminds you of why you came to law school in the first place, or perhaps they open your mind to new areas of work you never realized were even possible as an attorney. You just never know who you’re going to meet. Of course, I found these networking events not unlike the “Gams” put on by whale ships, where crews from different ships socialized together while on the high seas, exchanging news, mail, etc. As students, we’re all in the same boat, but opportunities like this allow us to branch out and meet other people in the profession. Not to mention, they provide a great break in the seemingly endless sea of reading and homework we navigate through. I’ve since been paired up with an alumni-mentor from Providence, who offered me tons of advice and helped put into perspective what I’m actually learning at law school. What’s even better is that I can go back to this mentor if I have any questions down the road, or if I just want to catch up over lunch, making it feel like I really am among a great, supportive, legal community. Alumni, especially, are incredibly helpful in this respect. To me, these law school “gams” are so much more than just meeting amazing lawyers and upper-level law students; they’re also a chance to introduce myself to new opportunities in the legal field, establish myself as a professional, and to learn what to expect after graduating.