Social Networking for Law Students: 50 Tips & Tools

Social Networking for Law Students: 50 Tips & Tools
Social Networking for Law Students: 50 Tips & Tools
The steps you take in law school have a major impact on your future career as a lawyer, and social networking is no exception. If you can master the art of networking online, you’ll be steps ahead once you’ve passed the Bar. Take advantage of these tips and tools to make the most out of social networking in law school.

Tips

Here you’ll find tips for getting value out of social networking.
Establish a professional online presence: It’s important to create an online reputation that’s in line with your professional credentials.
Complete your profile: It seems like a no-brainer, but it’s essential that you not only create a profile, but fill it out completely.
Connect with firms for opportunities: Become a fan on Facebook or follow a firm on Twitter, and you can get the inside scoop on job openings.
Create a Google profile: Set up a Google profile so that you can better control the links that make up your online personality.
Connect with the people you know already: Get started by connecting with people you know already — fellow students, professors, employers, and friends.
Control what’s available online: Use LinkedIn and other profiles to present the information you want to be seen, and help guard against mistaken identity online.
Join groups: Whether on Facebook, LinkedIn, or other social media sites, seek out groups that are relevant to you and join them.
Write a blog: A blog gives you a central place to share your philosophy, skill, and more when employers and clients start looking.
Google yourself: See what your online reputation looks like now, and think about what you’d like to do about it.
Follow up: Studies show that law students are making use of social media, but it’s important to use the services to their full potential.
Learn from Twitter: Find influencers on Twitter that can teach you a thing or two, and don’t forget to interact and expand your network.
Break the ice: Use social media to break the ice with valuable contacts.
Actually use LinkedIn: Make it a point to take part in discussions and groups to get the most out of LinkedIn.
Get recommendations: Ask professors, employers, and people you’ve worked with to create recommendations on your LinkedIn profile.
Use a professional photo of yourself: Don’t use a snapshot — project a professional image.
Supplement with old-fashioned networking: Meet contacts in person, and make sure you follow up by finding them in the social media world.
Watch what you say: Most employers will use social media to research your past and personality, so make sure that what’s being found is nothing to be embarrassed by.
Purchase your name as a web domain: Start a professional blog, or at least reserve the fate of your online name by purchasing your name’s domain.

Websites

These are some of the websites you can use for social networking.
TweetLaw: Tweet and connect with legal professionals on TweetLaw.
LinkedIn: LinkedIn is ubiquitous and powerful for establishing yourself as a professional online.
mypractice: mypractice shares documents, events, and more for lawyers and law students.
Counsel.net: The Counsel.net is a network for attorney-to-attorney connections.
Legal Birds: Connect with legal professionals on Twitter with the help of Legal Birds.
Advanced Advocates: Advanced Advocates is a collaborative platform for law students.
Law Marketing: Check out this business network for the legal industry.
LexTweet: LexTweet makes it easy to follow legal community members who use Twitter.
Law School Numbers: Law School Numbers’ social networking tools will help you judge your chances in law school admissions.
LawLink: LawLink is a social network for the legal community, from law students to expert witnesses.
LegallyMinded: LegallyMinded offers news, resources, community, and more for legal professionals.
ESQChat: Connect with other attorneys on ESQChat.
Lawyrs.net: Lawyrs is an international law community for lawyers and law students.

Blogs

Read, comment, and learn from these law school and lawyer blogs.
Josh Camson: Josh Camson is a law student and nerd extraordinaire.
Above the Law: Above the Law is a legal tabloid with news, gossip, and commentary on the legal profession.
Law is Cool: Law is Cool is the law school blog and podcast from Canada.
i don’t wear skinny jeans: This twenty-something guy is trying to make it as an NYU law student.
Futurelawyer: Futurelawyer writes about future technology for the lawyer.
Legally Fabulous: Legally Fabulous is a place where you’ll learn about the ridiculousness of law school.
Social Media Law Student: Check out this blog to find regular posts on using social media as a law student.
Virgin in the Volcano: Virgin in the Volcano discusses the struggle of law school.
The Frugal Law Student: This frugal law student is trying to mitigate crippling law school debt.

Advice

Here you’ll find lots of advice for law students using social media.
Harsh Words Die Hard on the Web: See how social media can bite back at you in this article.
10 Ways to Make Money and Save Money on Facebook: This post from The Frugal Law Student explains how to make Facebook work for you financially.
Social Media Planning for Lawyers: This post offers insight on planning and making time for social media while still making law school or your work as a lawyer a priority.
Five Things Lawyers Should Know About Social Media: Read this post for a guide to effectively using social media as a lawyer.
10 Reasons for a Law Student to Blog: In this post, you’ll learn why blogging is valuable for law students.
Social Media Best Practices for Law Schools: Check out this resource to find social media advice for law students.
145 Lawyers (and Legal Professionals) to Follow on Twitter: Here you’ll find an almost-complete list of lawyers and legal professionals on Twitter.
Twitter is Valuable: A Few Examples: These examples explain why Twitter is useful for law students and professionals.
Social Media for Law Students (and everyone else): This post explains why social media is essential for law students.
Blogger’s Legal Guide: If you’d like to start a blog, check out this legal guide first.
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