On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, the University of Maryland Career Center and the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice invited students, alumni and organizations from the local area to participate in the first annual Law, Legal, and Advocacy Networking Night.
Networking is cited as one of the most successful strategies when gathering career path information as well as identifying job leads and obtaining positions in the future. The goal was to help CCJS students as well as students in related disciplines expand their connections as well as get real world experience meeting and networking with experts in a professional setting.
We had employer representatives from a variety of industries come for this event, including law enforcement from the Supreme Court of the United States Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We also had people from many different legal and advocacy units, such as the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and dozens more!
These organizations provided valuable information for students on finding the best pathways for success in the field as well as provided mentorship and helpful resource connections. It isn’t often students get a chance to discuss their goals and ask questions one-on-one with those working in the field. This is what made the event so successful and an exciting opportunity! Over 160 students attended and participated in this event, giving them a chance to directly connect with specific organizations in their areas of interest. Attending students were from all classman levels and they were great representatives of the University of Maryland and the CCJS department! We greatly appreciate everyone who helped organize the event including the Criminal Justice Student Organization and the industry representatives who came out and made the networking night possible!