International Networking Event Fosters Professional Relationships Across Borders

Students had the unique opportunity to perfect their elevator speeches during the International Speed Networking event held as part of International Week (Oct. 21–25). This event, sponsored by the International Legal Studies Program and the Office of Career and Professional Development, gave JD and LL.M. students a chance to practice their networking skills and discuss their interests in international law in a relaxed and fun environment.

“We noticed our students – because they are very busy with their academic requirements – rarely find the time to actually network with each other," said Melanija Radnovic, assistant director of International Career Programs. "This is a great opportunity to create new friendships.”

The concept of speed networking is straight-forward: attendees pair up and mingle in five minute intervals before rotating to another person in the room. This structure allows participants the opportunity to meet and speak with everyone, which is a rare occurrence at traditional networking receptions.  

For LL.M. student Eslam Abdeldayem, the event is a way to make professional connections that may be beneficial once he returns home to Egypt.

“It’s good for me to know other people, not only from the LL.M. program, but also JD students," said Abdeldayem. "If I can get business cards, it’s good for me to keep in touch. And if I want to search for an internship or if I want to search for any other position after finishing my LL.M., I think it’s good for me to know them.”

In its second year, the International Speed Networking event has built a reputation as a special gathering for those interested in building relationships with attorneys-in-training and practitioners from around the globe.   

First year JD student Patrick de Lapérouse views the event as great way to get his feet wet in a new environment. “I want to work on International Trade Law, so I am here to take advantage of all of the opportunities that can help me advance my career goals.”