Thanks so much for your continued participation in Mitchell Hamline’s Mentorship Program. This month we focused on social etiquette. From hearing colleagues, students, and contacts across the country talk about social etiquette, we learned there are some clear rules (do use your right hand to shake) and some clearly wrong rules (don’t use the wind as an excuse for missing a meeting). We hope this newsletter helps shed even more light on social etiquette rules. If you have unspoken rules, universal rules, or horror stories, you’re welcome to pass them along for inclusion in next month’s newsletter.
Tessa, Allison, and Sharon
On November 12th, we held a social etiquette event. We capped the event at 30 students and we had about a dozen mentors present. Mary Heath and Astrid Eglitis from Maslon presented tips and stories. You’ll find some tips from the speakers just below.
On the evening of January 28th, we’ll host a career exploration event at the law school where students can join their mentors and learn about different career paths. We’ll have beverages, appetizers, and good conversation. You’ll receive an invitation in the coming weeks. Attendance will be capped, so if you’re interested, please sign up as soon as you’re able.
You are always welcome to contact us with questions, sugestions, or feedback.
Tessa Boury ’05
Assistant Director, Career and Professional Development
Allison Burke ’09
Alumni and Donor Engagement Officer
Program Administrator and Career Counselor
November Suggested Events and Articles
Look for free online social etiquette or business etiquette courses
Top 10 Basic Etiquette Tips for Lawyers (Lawyerist)
Business Etiquette Answers for Today’s Legal Professionals (Law Practice Today)
Review the discussion questions below with one or more of your classmates or another person in the legal profession you know. Do you agree with their viewpoints or not? Why?
Pose any of the social etiquette questions in the discussion points section to your mentor.
How has social etiquette played a role in your ability to forge relationships?
How has social etiquette played a role in your ability to gain clients?
Have you ever had a time where social etiquette had a negative impact on your career or goals? How were you able to overcome those missteps?
What social etiquette habits of others have resonated with you and which do you avoid?
Do you use business cards? Why? When do you use them?
Do you send thank you notes? Why? When do you use them?