Social Media in Law School
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Law school presents all sorts of challenges. From exams, to networking, to finding a summer job, it is a non-stop obstacle course.
Law school is also an amazing experience that will create lasting memories and friendships. Be careful, however, about how you memorialize those experiences online.
Law school is not Las Vegas
What happens in law school does not stay in law school. There are companies that exist solely to investigate online activities. The legal economy is still rather grim and jobs are not as plentiful as you think. That means employers might will rely on all sorts of information to make a hiring decision.
In other words, the fact that you made law review does not guarantee success. If you made law review but publicly tweeted about being wasted at bar review every Thursday, that could be a problem. If you don’t think employers will go back and look at that stuff, you are dead wrong.
It does not just stop with Facebook and Twitter though. Last winter I wrote about the importance of getting practical experience in law school. Somehow that post became a public forum for whether or not a class at a local law school should be graded. If you decide to voice your opinion on a public website, be careful about what you say.
When in doubt, do not type it
Do your best to stick to the random comments that most people make online—”the weather sucks” or “I can’t believe the Vikings traded for McNabb.” Mind your online manners and avoid commenting on religion, politics, or anything else that can turn into a hot-button issue. Do you have a right to talk about it? Absolutely. Can it result in misinterpretations or adversely effect somebody’s opinion of you? Yep.
Everybody uses a laptop in class and many of your classmates will constantly stream their thoughts during class. Don’t be that person. Keep things locked down and it will payoff in the long run.