There are times when you may want to use business cards at law school, bar association, continuing legal education or other professional events, as a way to provide contact information to those you meet. Below are some basic guidelines on creating cards and utilizing them.
Where to get them printed?
If you plan on printing 100 cards or more, shop around for a business supply vendor. When printing less than 100, a decent home printer and a business card kit from the office supply store should do the trick.
What should go on your business card?
- You may NOT use the University of Georgia, the Arch or Georgia Law logo on business cards.
- List some strategic identifying information, such as "University of Georgia School of Law, Class of 20__" and/or "Available for legal research work during [date]."
How to hand them out?
- Be subtle and use business cards sparingly. Lawyers are reserved in handing out their business cards.
- Try to request someone else's card before giving yours. It gives you the power to follow up in a timely manner.
- Keep your cards in one pocket and collected cards in the other pocket.
How to maximize the exchange?
- As soon as you leave a networking event, make notes on the back of each card you received. Include relevant information like how and where you met the individual and any helpful memory cues.
- Immediately write a handwritten note following up on the contact.