Older Wiser Law Students

 

OWLS (Older Wiser Law Students) is an organization for older students, second-career students, married and/or parenting students, and students who in any other way depart from the mold of the "traditional" law student - or those who would enjoy mingling with them. All students are welcome to join.

Typical OWLS events include meet and greet dinners and potlucks at law student homes in such exotic places as Brooklyn and Harlem, and panels with OWLS alums to discuss interviewing and life on the flip side of law school, starting out again in the career world, balancing family responsibilities and work, and the like. Family members are always invited.

OWLS is led (and we use that term loosely) by a volunteer board with no hierarchical structure or defined roles.


Resources:

NYU Student Resources Center has compiled a list of Neighborhood Resources, including things like supermarkets, appliance and funiture rentals, etc. It may be accessed here.

They also put together a list of New York City Resources, including museums that we can get into for free using our student IDs. It may be found here.

Discounts on entertainment (including $5 off movie admission) can be found here.

Other NYU resources:

Family Care (NYU in general)

Family Care (NYU Law; includes a link to NYU Babysitting Registry)

Military/Veterans

Students with disabilities

 

Networking tip applicable to just about anyone:

When you meet an attorney at a 1L reception, career fair, etc. ask for a business card. Within 48 hours, send a brief thank you e-mail. For example:

One sentence expressing appreciation for their time.

One sentence reflecting something you learned (be specific - most firms serve world-class clients. try to find something that came out during your conversations, like “It was interesting to learn about all of the transactions that you do involving RMBs”). Alternatively (or in addition), one sentence reflecting something that appealed to you (again, be specific).

Finally, one question. This is the most important part of the message because it sets the foundation for multiple interactions with the attorney, establishing an ongoing relationship. That way, when you're interviewing during (or writing cover letters), you can name drop and say stuff like, "I've spoken with ________ on multiple occasions. He/she has many great things to say about [name of firm/organization], including [something specific]. This really appeals to me because [something specific] and I am excited to have the opportunity to speak with you."

Is this tactic manipulative and phony? Not necessarily. If it is a path that you are truly interested in, it doesn’t hurt to build relationships finding out more about it.

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