Last week I wrote an item about Advanced Advocates, a social media website that is basically Facebook for law students. I invited all of you to be my AA friends, but, judging by the number of email notifications I’ve been receiving, I’m either not very popular, or the service is not catching on. I think it’s the latter this time.
It doesn’t matter, because there are plenty of other social media options out there. The real problem law students are encountering, according to Laura Bergus over at the Social Media Law Student blog, is how to go Web 2.0 without destroying their prospective careers.
Apparently, some law school career services centers have been telling their students to remove themselves from social media websites to prevent potential employers from discovering all of the horrific drunken pictures they’ve been tagged in.
Since abstention from social media is completely unrealistic in this day and age, Ms. Bergus came up with what the Law School Innovation blog dubbed Social Media Best Practices for Law Schools (part 1 and part 2).
Ms. Bergus actually wrote her items back in February, but I was reminded of them last week when I joined LinkedIn and accidentally sent out invitations to every single person whose email address has ever appeared in my Gmail account.
Unfortunately, the Social Media Best Practices for Law Schools items don’t explain how to avoid my situation. They do, however, provide some useful tips for keeping those youthful indiscretions private and convincing some poor, unwitting employer to take a chance on you.
Check out the items, then hit me up on TweetLaw and let me know what you think.