Best Social Media Practices For Pre-Law Students

By Danielle Wirsansky on January 18, 2017

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Congratulations, you did it — you figured out what you are going to do with your life — you are pre-law! You have finally figured out the path for you, the career that will make all your dreams come true. However, we live in a digital age where the slightest misstep on the internet could bring those dreams of yours crashing down. It might not matter how hard you work because with one tiny mistake, your future could be put off track by something as simple (ha ha) as the internet.

There are some practices you should put in place to protect yourself as a pre-law student and make sure nothing you do on social media ends up coming back to bite you. There are other practices you can put in place that can help you stay ahead of the game and be extra prepared for law school. Read on to learn some of the best social media practices for pre-law students!

Follow News Sources

A more positive and less daunting social media practice you can put into play is to follow news and law sources via social media. Staying on top of the news and knowing what is going on, especially with our legal system, is incredibly important. It can already be hard to stay on top of all the news that social media can flood us with and even more difficult now to sift through it all to figure out which news is legitimate and which is actually fake news.

Follow organizations that you trust where the information is coming from. That is the kind of stuff that you want in your daily news feed. Rather than wasting your time trying to search for articles and having to go through them figuring out what is the truth and what is not, allow social media to do that kind of work for you. You will have a lot more useful information in your news feed that will keep you informed and on track, never falling off the wagon on the way to your dreams.

More than just the news, you can also follow law schools and other law organizations and non-profits which will help you stay in touch with what is going on directly in your field. You can focus on international or national organizations, or even local organizations to either where you are, where you want to go to law school, or where you hope to live in the future. Why not all of them?

Find the right fit of organizations to follow — and more than follow them, interact with them! Doing so can help get your name out there. You should always be mindful of how you are reacting and make sure you are behaving appropriately because you do not want your name known to them for the wrong reasons. Go ahead — tweet at them, comment on their posts, ask questions, and like photos. Enjoy social media and let it help you!

Only Friend People You Know

We all get those strange friend requests from people we have never heard of — the ones without profile pictures, or that live very far away from you, and with which you have no mutual friends. How did they find me? you think as you choose whether to decline or accept their friend request.

As a pre-law student, however, you want to make sure that you actually know all the people you are friending. This account might never bother you again, never interact with you in any way at all. You might not even remember that you friended them after a while. They will still be there, though, able to see all of your personal information and with access to your photos. They will be able to see what you post and not just on your own wall but to others. You never know what kind of agenda these accounts might have or what could later come back to haunt you.

People know that what goes on the internet stays there forever but they forget that what you post on social media could potentially be seen by everyone. And it might not affect you directly now as a pre-law student, but what about when you are a full-fledged lawyer? These phishing accounts could sit on damaging information for years before releasing it when it benefits them the most.

More than just avoiding fake, phishing accounts, you should also not be friends with people you do not know in real life or do not know that well for the very same reasons. You do not know them and so you cannot trust them. It sounds rough but you do not want anyone to harm your future.

Follow news organizations and stay cautious with who you friend to use social media in the best way possible as a pre-law student.

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