How You Can Use Social Media to Get Into Your Target Law School
When you’re applying to law schools and finally identify your target school, you want to give yourself every advantage and leg up you possibly can. There are a lot of obvious ways to do that. In today’s online world, one way that many potential law students might not think of is to harness the power of social media.
Beyond the fact that lawyers are more likely to use social media in their day-to-day or have updated Facebook, Twitter and/or LinkedIn profiles, there are ways that a law student can use social media to get into the school they want. Seriously… I’m not kidding.
Like Them on Facebook
Facebook pages aren’t just for people to talk about their day. It’s also a place where schools, such as Yale Law School, will discuss news and information about their professors and classes, as well as even create a Facebook page for law school admissions (many schools have these). Of course, if you do Like and follow them, make sure you keep your profile private. You don’t want to invite too much prying into your private life, because law school admissions counselors do check.
Follow Them on Twitter
Just like Facebook, many law schools have dedicated Twitter feeds where they keep you updated on the latest news, application information and interesting tidbits that you can reference when you apply. Also, you can follow specific professors and school faculty on Twitter where you’ll get a peak into their world and what they’re looking for.
Learn More on LinkedIn
Let’s say you get an interview with a representative from your target school. You can look them up on LinkedIn to see what their career has looked like. You’ll learn insights that could come in handy or give you question ideas. It can also help you determine if you have connections to them or anyone at your target school, and then see if anyone can help put in a good word.
Brush Up on Blogs
Often, law school faculty, such as the admission dean, will write a blog. That blog could be full of valuable information such as what they like to see on applications, do’s and don’ts of the interview process and interesting anecdotes. There might also be student blogs that can provide first-hand experience and information about what worked (and didn’t work) for the application process.
One issue that arises on social media is privacy. Remember that if you can see what law schools are posting, they can see what you post. Make sure that what you say is meaningful and adds something new to the conversation (i.e. post/status update), and that your privacy settings are the tightest they can be.
To check this for Facebook, log out of your account and then go to your profile. If you can see photos, posts and information that you don’t want law schools to see, change your privacy settings. The same goes for Twitter and ‘Protecting’ your tweets.
About the Author
Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that matches law students with law tutors in their quest for success in law school. Whether studying for the LSAT, are currently in law school or are preparing for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.