Should Law Students Blog And Use Social Media?

Should Law Students Blog And Use Social Media?

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Earlier this week, Above the Law featured a blog post authored by my good friend and coauthor, Carolyn Elefant. In the post, Carolyn addressed a question posed by one of her readers: whether a law student should start blogging.

Carolyn’s answer? Yes! She explained that blogging offered law students a host of benefits, allowing aspiring lawyers to explore a topic of interest, showcase writing skills, and connect and network with other like-minded law students and lawyers. And more importantly, as she explains, blogs offer other advantages as well:

A blog is your precedent;  a picture of you as a law student, at a place in time where your profession lies in front of you and where you’re still excited and eager — maybe naive or at least, not yet jaded.   Blogs capture  the insight and curiosity and passion and yes, stupidity of the soon-to-be-lawyer and serve as a True North that you can look back on and use to re-orient yourself if you ever lose your way as a lawyer.

I agree wholeheartedly with Carolyn’s conclusion. Law students should consider blogging, and more broadly, should also use social media to establish a professional presence during their law school years. Interacting strategically online is a great way to jumpstart your legal career and make connections that can last a lifetime.

Unfortunately, I’ve found that many law students are discouraged from using social media by law school professors and administrators. This was certainly the case years ago when social media was in its infancy, but even today, with the exception of a few forward-thinking law schools, the trend is to discourage law students from engaging online.

I would suggest that law students would be well-advised to ignore naysayers and their scare tactics. If you use social media and blogging wisely, you’ll open up doors and create opportunities you might not have thought possible.

Case in point: Mike Sacks. I read about Mike in 2010 when the ABA Journal wrote about his blogging endeavors as a law student at Georgetown. During his third year, he started a blog about the Supreme Court and the ABA highlighted his blog in this post. It caught my eye because I was impressed by his ambitious goal of being first in line for Supreme Court arguments and then writing about his experiences and observations. It struck me as a really creative way to set himself apart from the pack and I always wondered what became of him.