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How to Order Business Cards
We are pleased to inform you that YLS student business cards are available through the Yale Printing and Publishing website link below.
Business cards are available in the following quantities and can be picked up at the Office of Public Affairs or mailed to an address (a mailing fee will apply). Most of the information for the business cards has been pre-populated for you with options to add a private mailing address and/or personal phone information.
Please note that the YLS student business card is designed specifically 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 other creative ventures.
A sample YLS student business card is attached.
250 cards for $25
500 cards for $31
If you encounter any issues in connection with ordering the business cards, please contact the Office of Student Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please see below for CDO advice on student business card use.
Advice from CDO regarding student use of business cards:
We understand that Yale is making business cards available to YLS students. 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 thought it would be helpful to provide some advice on their appropriate use.
The reason you provide your business card is to share your name and contact information with someone you are interested in having further correspondence with. In an interview setting (whether it is an actual or informational interview), the prospective employer already has your contact information from your resume and perhaps other documents as well. As a result, there is no need to share a business card with attorneys you meet during the interview process. 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; 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 Linked In
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 by clicking here.