n Without Prejudice - Retweets and recruits : hiring in the age of social media : student feature

Volume 15, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



Technology has shifted in leaps and bounds over the past 20 years. The consequences of this have spread through all industries, including the legal field. Law school graduates in the distant past could count on a family connection, posted application letters or literally knocked on doors to secure articles of clerkship at law firms. However, in 2015, with much of our world being swallowed up online, we live in a world where firms are able to tap into a vast array of online resources that provide the inputs into the algorithm that may decide whether or not a law graduate is given articles of clerkship. Well, perhaps it is not that exact a science - but the manner in which a prospective candidate attorney conducts him - or herself on social media is playing an increasing role in the hiring policies of many law firms around the world.

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