Reading an article this morning in the American Bar Association For Law Students, I couldn’t help but think how powerful blogging would be in helping a law student, especially a new law student.
I’m not talking of adding a blog to all the work you’re juggling. I’m talking about blogging the work you are doing as part of law school.
In a piece tweeted by the American Bar Association Law Student Division, Attorney Boris Lavent shared
“Law school is unlike any other academic experience you’ve ever been a part of. There will be times when you become so frustrated that you consider throwing in the towel. Other times, you may feel like you’ve chosen the wrong profession. At the end of the day, however, it’s important to know that you are not alone.”
To make the transition into and through law school an easier one, Lavent suggested:
- Talking with former and current law school students
- Learn how to brief a case properly (facts of the case, legal issues, holding, rationale (etc)
The essence of blogging – reading, writing and talking to peers and mentors.
Do your briefing on a blog. You have to do your briefing anyway, why not show off your work and meet a lot of people along the way.
WordPress is no different than Word or Google Docs for writing. Your writing just gets seen.
Getting seen is good. You’ll be noticed by fellow law students across the country, law professors everywhere and lawyers, including prospective employers.
You’ll connect with these folks via email, your blogging, LinkedIn, and other social media. You’ll have a network to lean on for inspiration – and for support. A network far beyond the four walls of your law school.
Reading is the essence of blogging. You read and you report, share a synopsis, and when relevant, share your take.
Talking with people, learning how to brief a case and reading – all via blogging.
You’ll walk out of law school knowing how to network through the Internet, a skill that’ll put you way in front of the 95% of law grads who have not a clue how to use the Internet to build a name and relationships.
And on those tough days, you’ll find yourself “talking” to those lending you an ear, via your blogging.
Blogging law school. Makes good sense.