We are always encouraging students to take advantage of networking opportunities to further the job search. The CDO staff took our own advice on Monday by doing some networking of our own. Several staff members attended the first luncheon of 2011 for the New Orleans Legal Recruiting Association (NOLRA). This organization, made up of representatives of the New Orleans-area law schools and recruiters from local legal employers, provides a great opportunity for us to meet with others involved in legal recruiting in New Orleans. NOLRA allows us to discuss various topics including the recruiting market, professional development, and student counseling, and to foster a professional network. Of course, we spend a good deal of time at the meeting talking up our awesome Tulane Law students! The NOLRA luncheons focus on educational programming, as well as networking, by presenting topics that will appeal to and educate the membership. The topic of the February meeting is: Law Student and Associate Practical Legal Skills: Employer Expectations and Law School Preparation, and we were very proud to have Professor Paul Barron give the perspective of the law schools, to go along with two partners from Jones Walker, who spoke about law firm expectations. Two of our CDO staff, Katie O’Leary and Victoria Thomas, will serve on the 2011 board, and several other members of the CDO are active in the group. We are always thinking of ways to promote TLS students, and NOLRA is just one example of how we continue to develop our professional networks!