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To LinkedIn or Not? That is the Question!

Posted by Library Blog on 04/04/2014 at 01:12 PM

In addition to the advice offered by the Office of Career Development staff about your use of social media, there are various sources to consult about law students’ use of social media, in particular LinkedIn.

An article in the LAWPro Magazine, Student Issue #1 (2012) points out that LinkedIn is the social networking tool of choice for professionals, including over a million lawyers out of 120 million users in more than 200 countries.  LinkedIn can be useful in your job search to find information on potential employers.  It is important to establish a positive online profile as potential employers are likely to “Google” you to learn more about you.

The author offers “Essential LinkedIn Dos and Don’ts for Law Students,” covering:

  • Creating a profile
  • Collecting contacts
  • Posting updates
  • How to be more visible
  • Power user tip

In the National Jurist February 2014 issue, author Hillary Mantis recommends joining LinkedIn groups for your law school and undergraduate as a good way to network with alumni.  Read her article “Five Easy Ways to Quickly Build Your Professional Network” for additional ways to build your network.

The title of an article in the Student Lawyer January 2013 issue, “LinkedIn or Locked Out,” indicates that you would be limiting your potential to build an online reputation if you are not on LinkedIn.  The author discusses ways to prudently make use of LinkedIn to promote your accomplishments and brand your competencies.

Lastly, you will find two publications for lawyers using social media in the Law Library’s Law Practice Management Section (on the shelves adjacent to the Print Center):