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Law Student Business Cards

Some reps came to my law school and are offering to print us cheesecakes77709/18/18
It seems kind of silly and pointless. You're a law student. ejs201709/19/18
It wouldn’t be too expensive. Only like $40 for 300 cards. cheesecakes77709/18/18
That’s ridiculously expensive A thousand cards shouldn dingbat09/21/18
Only if you're a loser. isthisit09/18/18
No. Lawyers only want business cards of people who can pay nycatt09/18/18
No, kids who give me student business cards come off as try irishlaw09/18/18
Douchey in my opinion and I still make fun of a colleague of jd4hire09/18/18
But don’t you think that it’ll be easier for them to rem cheesecakes77709/18/18
I have been practicing for ten years and have never wanted t nycatt09/18/18
If what you want is to be remembered in the way that jd4hire wutwutwut09/18/18
They won't remember you anyway - no need to embarrass yourse professionalloser09/18/18
It's unfair and illogical, but, yeah, a law student who hand passportfan309/18/18
Thinking outside the box in law is reserved for tenured prof irishlaw09/18/18
this jdcumlaude09/18/18
It speaks of desperation and comes off as a gimmick. david6198309/18/18
It's worse than a gimmick. It comes off as being extremely f onehell09/18/18
As is often the case with onehell posts in /law.../thread. midlaw09/18/18
Go for it! I know plenty of people who use business cards patenttrollnj09/19/18
One of my relatives that went to Vermont Law Skool once hand hairypalms09/19/18
But what if you want to work for a white shoe firm? professionalloser09/19/18
What are you talking about? I thought the post was clear. T nycatt09/19/18
Lighten up, Francis. I'm pretty sure "what if you want wutwutwut09/19/18
My bad!!! I totally missed that. OP's question was so stup nycatt09/19/18
Dear lord. notiers09/19/18
Business cards are for business relationships, not for a stu flharfh09/19/18
I hear you guys. But I was speaking to my Career Services Of cheesecakes77709/19/18
Hahaha. Don't ever listen to anything those scumbags tell y david6198309/19/18
Flame. You had us going! nycatt09/19/18
Odds are you will never use your law student business cards, cargo09/20/18
Liquidate all your assets and put all your money into these trickydick09/20/18
I would get law school business cards to enter those free lu 2breedbares09/20/18
Now that's the best use of these cards I've heard yet! Makes caj11109/20/18
They don’t buy free lunches for losers without money dingbat09/21/18
I think I’m going with my Career Services Officer. She’s cheesecakes77709/20/18
Grind it inta da dirt, willya? wutwutwut09/20/18
Don’t stop now. Go for broke. Tell us the cards are going trickydick09/20/18
Now that is some masterful trolling. therewillbeblood09/21/18
;-) cheesecakes77709/21/18
Tricky, Don’t be silly. Those areas sound boring. I’m cheesecakes77709/21/18
Drug Legalization law is the wave of the future. Free YayYo esquirewalletsmatter09/21/18
If they’re not to expensive than go for it. Any new way to hotshot09/21/18
Some types? Don’t mislead the kid. It’s pervasive. Get u fuckyouracists09/21/18
Not true. Most of my friends and I are cool. But some attorn hotshot09/21/18
Don’t disagree in re the latter. The former, well it depen fuckyouracists09/21/18
I’m starting to think that you guys are all jealous that I cheesecakes77709/23/18
Jaja we got trolled bois. Let's wrap this up. isthisit09/23/18
Time to call it. fuckyouracists09/23/18

cheesecakes777 (Sep 18, 2018 - 12:24 pm)

Some reps came to my law school and are offering to print us business cards. Should I go for it? I figured that it would useful to have something to give out to potential employers at networking events... Could be a good way to set me apart and have them remember me. Thoughts?

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ejs2017 (Sep 19, 2018 - 4:43 pm)

It seems kind of silly and pointless. You're a law student. You're not a lawyer, yet. To whom will you give your "John Doe Law Student" card rather than your CV?

In my state, a company was selling "Officer of the Court" badges to lawyers through one of the local bar journals. I fell out of my chair laughing when one of the guys I worked with showed me the one that he bought. I asked him if it came with an Officer of the Court hat he could wear and a siren for his car. This is kind of the same thing, in my humble opinion.

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cheesecakes777 (Sep 18, 2018 - 12:34 pm)

It wouldn’t be too expensive. Only like $40 for 300 cards.

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dingbat (Sep 21, 2018 - 9:50 pm)

That’s ridiculously expensive

A thousand cards shouldn’t cost half as much

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isthisit (Sep 18, 2018 - 12:56 pm)

Only if you're a loser.

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nycatt (Sep 18, 2018 - 1:02 pm)

No. Lawyers only want business cards of people who can pay them. It would detract more than it would help.

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irishlaw (Sep 18, 2018 - 2:28 pm)

No, kids who give me student business cards come off as try hard gunners

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jd4hire (Sep 18, 2018 - 2:40 pm)

Douchey in my opinion and I still make fun of a colleague of mine who did that during LS.

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cheesecakes777 (Sep 18, 2018 - 2:55 pm)

But don’t you think that it’ll be easier for them to remember me or reach out to me?

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nycatt (Sep 18, 2018 - 3:57 pm)

I have been practicing for ten years and have never wanted to reach out to a law student. That is why everyone said not to buy the cards. By the way, 6 people gave you the same answer, and now you are fishing for a different answer? This is not good judgment.

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wutwutwut (Sep 18, 2018 - 4:38 pm)

If what you want is to be remembered in the way that jd4hire remembers his colleague, and irishlaw remembers the gunnerkids, then I say gofer it.

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professionalloser (Sep 18, 2018 - 4:50 pm)

They won't remember you anyway - no need to embarrass yourself with business cards.

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passportfan3 (Sep 18, 2018 - 5:33 pm)

It's unfair and illogical, but, yeah, a law student who hands out business cards will be seen as an insufferable spaz.

Law students are supposed to do things the law student way -- apply for clerkships, attend OCI, mass mail resumes, respond to ads posted in the career services office.

Contrary to student (and Boomer) mythology, doing something unusual to show you "think outside the box" is the worst thing you can do.

Lawyers are paid to think and act and be successful INSIDE the box.

At the least, doing something different implies that you are not good enough to succeed the normal way.

Just the way it is.

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irishlaw (Sep 18, 2018 - 5:49 pm)

Thinking outside the box in law is reserved for tenured professors and whatever article they are taking 6 months off of teaching to write.

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jdcumlaude (Sep 18, 2018 - 9:10 pm)

this

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david61983 (Sep 18, 2018 - 6:31 pm)

It speaks of desperation and comes off as a gimmick.

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onehell (Sep 18, 2018 - 6:48 pm)

It's worse than a gimmick. It comes off as being extremely full of yourself. Anyone you network with as a student is by definition much more important than you. You ask for their business card and try to get on their schedule, not the other way around.

Simply put, a student giving out a business card looks like they're bragging about being a law student. If you're not at a top law school then you have nothing worth bragging about. And even if you are at a top school, such shameless self-promotion is unbecoming amongst the upper-class whose mannerisms you are expected to learn and imitate. Either way, it doesn't make you look good.

Another way to put it is that a business card for someone who doesn't have a job is not a business card. It's a calling card, and those haven't been in widespread use since the 1800s, and even then not outside of high society.

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midlaw (Sep 18, 2018 - 11:51 pm)

As is often the case with onehell posts in /law.../thread.

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patenttrollnj (Sep 19, 2018 - 2:39 am)

Go for it!

I know plenty of people who use business cards with just their name and contact information on it, but there is no business to speak of. They just want them to hand-out to random people that they meet. No harm in having some.

As for using them to make connections, the only times I ever used my law-related business card was when i was at a deposition, and they used them to know who made an appearance there. We'd write our client on the back, and then give them to the stenographer.

So, no harm in having them, but don't expect them to give you any connections.

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hairypalms (Sep 19, 2018 - 5:57 am)

One of my relatives that went to Vermont Law Skool once handed me a VLS-issued business card. My impression upon receiving it was "what the heck is this crap?" I agree with what others have said, your job is to get THEIR business card, not the other way around. Thereafter, you can send your resume or whatever. Personally, I think having a student business card makes you look like a tool. Forget the business card idea, don't write your resume in neon crayon colors, don't wear a thin 80's tie, don't wear white shoes, and don't be an insufferable tool.

BTW - business card didn't help my relative get an associate position; the best she could do was a paralegal job, which she lost after about a year. Conclusion - stay away from crappy law skoolz.

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professionalloser (Sep 19, 2018 - 8:58 am)

But what if you want to work for a white shoe firm?

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nycatt (Sep 19, 2018 - 12:14 pm)

What are you talking about? I thought the post was clear. They are required for lawyers at white shoe firms down to solos. You give them to stenographers and opposing counsel all the time. They are horrible for law students.

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wutwutwut (Sep 19, 2018 - 1:16 pm)

Lighten up, Francis.

I'm pretty sure "what if you want to work for a white shoe firm" was in joking reference to HP's "don't wear a thin 80's tie, don't wear white shoes...".

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nycatt (Sep 19, 2018 - 4:57 pm)

My bad!!! I totally missed that. OP's question was so stupid it lowered my threshold for what an actual person would think.

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notiers (Sep 19, 2018 - 4:37 pm)

Dear lord.

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flharfh (Sep 19, 2018 - 5:36 pm)

Business cards are for business relationships, not for a student looking for jobs. Don't.

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cheesecakes777 (Sep 19, 2018 - 9:16 pm)

I hear you guys. But I was speaking to my Career Services Officer and she told me that she thinks that law student business cards are going to be a big thing in 2019.

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david61983 (Sep 19, 2018 - 9:31 pm)

Hahaha. Don't ever listen to anything those scumbags tell you.

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nycatt (Sep 19, 2018 - 9:35 pm)

Flame. You had us going!

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cargo (Sep 20, 2018 - 1:51 am)

Odds are you will never use your law student business cards, but always have a few on hand just in case.

Not all attorneys have a reason to carry business cards around as part of their practice, so they'd be willing to collect some from an interesting and/or attractive student.

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trickydick (Sep 20, 2018 - 10:25 am)

Liquidate all your assets and put all your money into these business cards, OP. The cards will be useless to you but other people will be able to make better use of your money.

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2breedbares (Sep 20, 2018 - 12:23 pm)

I would get law school business cards to enter those free lunch fishbowl drawings at restaurants.

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caj111 (Sep 20, 2018 - 8:18 pm)

Now that's the best use of these cards I've heard yet! Makes sense. You'll have to listen to some financial advisor pitch, but it won't matter because you don't have any money.

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dingbat (Sep 21, 2018 - 9:56 pm)

They don’t buy free lunches for losers without money

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cheesecakes777 (Sep 20, 2018 - 10:25 pm)

I think I’m going with my Career Services Officer. She’s been doing this for years and really knows this stuff. She even told me that she turned down BigLaw in order to take a job working for the law school. I appreciate all the help!

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wutwutwut (Sep 20, 2018 - 10:45 pm)

Grind it inta da dirt, willya?

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trickydick (Sep 20, 2018 - 11:00 pm)

Don’t stop now. Go for broke. Tell us the cards are going to advertise your interest in sports and/or entertainment law.

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therewillbeblood (Sep 21, 2018 - 9:31 am)

Now that is some masterful trolling.

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cheesecakes777 (Sep 21, 2018 - 10:27 am)

;-)

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cheesecakes777 (Sep 21, 2018 - 5:04 am)

Tricky,

Don’t be silly. Those areas sound boring. I’m more looking to get into international space law.

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esquirewalletsmatter (Sep 21, 2018 - 9:48 am)

Drug Legalization law is the wave of the future. Free YayYo LLP or bust!

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hotshot (Sep 21, 2018 - 4:47 pm)

If they’re not to expensive than go for it. Any new way to get your name out there always helps in this business. I read some of the nasty comments here. Don’t listen to those guys. Not sure what they’re so upset about but you see a lot of negativity from some types of lawyers.

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fuckyouracists (Sep 21, 2018 - 5:24 pm)

Some types? Don’t mislead the kid. It’s pervasive. Get used to it.

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hotshot (Sep 21, 2018 - 6:50 pm)

Not true. Most of my friends and I are cool. But some attorneys can’t hsndle stress. They burn out. You need to have the right attitude for this career.

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fuckyouracists (Sep 21, 2018 - 7:32 pm)

Don’t disagree in re the latter. The former, well it depends and greatly varies. Haven’t seen that outside certain individuals but that also encompasses ones “group.” Some are real cool. Most though, I’d say not so much.

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cheesecakes777 (Sep 23, 2018 - 10:46 am)

I’m starting to think that you guys are all jealous that I thought of getting law student business cards and you didn’t...

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isthisit (Sep 23, 2018 - 10:57 am)

Jaja we got trolled bois. Let's wrap this up.

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fuckyouracists (Sep 23, 2018 - 1:22 pm)

Time to call it.

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