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How to Order Business Cards
YLS student business cards are available through Yale Printing and Publishing:
Business cards are available in the following quantities:
250 cards for $25
500 cards for $31
Cards can be picked up at the Office of Public Affairs or sent to an address for a mailing fee. Most of the information has been pre-populated on the cards with options to add a private mailing address and/or personal phone information.
Please note that the YLS student business card is designed to reflect your current status as a student at Yale Law School and to provide your current mailing address, Yale email, and telephone number. The cards cannot be customized to promote personal endeavors, business activities, or creative ventures.
If you encounter any issues ordering business cards, please contact the Office of Student Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Advice from CDO regarding student use of business cards
Based on our conversations with employers and other schools, it is not the norm for students to use business cards when interacting with legal employers. Given that, we believe that students should NOT feel obligated to purchase business cards simply because they are being offered. However, assuming that some students will purchase cards, we provide some advice on their appropriate use.
Provide your business card to share your name and contact information with someone with whom you are interested in having further correspondence. In an interview setting (whether an actual or informational interview), the prospective employer already has your contact information from your resume or other documents; there is no need to share a business card. However, sharing your business card may make sense when you find yourself interacting with someone who does not already have your contact information and with whom you’d like to have follow-up conversations. Examples would include a networking event, a conversation with a speaker after a presentation, or a chance meeting on a train.
Business card etiquette tips
- Make sure your business cards are neat and clean. It will make a poor impression to remove a folded, dirty business card from your pocket and share it with a contact.
- Do not hand your business card out to everyone you see at an event. Provide it only to people with whom you’ve made some connection and who request your card.
- Obtain business cards from others with whom you connect. That way you remain in control of the follow up.
- Follow up. When you obtain a business card from a contact, take a few minutes to follow up with an email expressing your appreciation for the conversation and sharing other information relevant to your prior meeting.
Yale Law School Alumni Group on LinkedIn
Students are invited to join our private Yale Law School Alumni Group on LinkedIn and the various subgroups to network with each other and alumni as well as to receive updates about upcoming events. You may submit a request to join.