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Career 411: Why Law Students Should be Blogging Now!

Are you looking for a way to stand out from the crowd and get noticed during your job search? You should consider starting your own blog. Not only does blogging about a particular type of law show a potential employer your interests, it is also a great way to become deeply knowledgeable in a certain aspect of the legal field, making yourself even more marketable.

Where to Blog

There are multiple websites that can host a blog format such as blogspot.com or wordpress.com. The most important thing is to make your blog known. One good way to do that is by having your blog published in your LinkedIn profile so that all of those contacts you are meeting have an opportunity to read the content that you are putting out into the blogosphere.

What to Blog

Your blog needs to be sincere and therefore, needs to be about a practice area or niche in the law that you care deeply about. Having a well thought out blog takes commitment, in both time and energy, and you have to really be interested in the subject matter to keep it up over the long haul.

If your interests lie in family law, you can blog about possible changes to the statutes that would affect a family lawyer, appellate cases that have recently come down in the domestic field, or other issues that are related to family law including studies on the dynamics of divorced families or adolescent psychology.

Be careful when blogging about controversial issues… because once something is on the internet, you can’t take it back and it may come back to haunt you down the road.

How to Blog

The most important rule is that your blog be professional, organized, and well edited. This blog is another writing sample that potential employers can scrutinize, so make sure it is as polished as your law school appellate brief. You will need to blog regularly and continuously. It is best to plan out in advance the dates and themes of your blog postings so that you can prepare for the future, without feeling stressed or anxious. If you miss one post, so be it, but a good blog doesn’t have entries every few months. You need to keep your readers active and engaged.

 

Good luck with your blogs! If you have any questions, come see us in 103.

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