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25 legal identities to follow on social media

25 legal identities to follow on social media

Social media is great for staying in touch with friends, family, and current and former colleagues. It’s also where news tends to break first, and is very useful for keeping your finger on the pulse of the latest developments in the law.

This week we’ve rounded up some of the most useful and interesting legal identities and organisations to follow on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Facebook

While many lawyers use Facebook purely for social reasons, you can also add a mix of legal news and information into your newsfeed by liking pages.

Supreme Court of Victoria is the only Victorian court on Facebook, and it regularly posts free events and useful information.

The Lawyerist posts practical articles on topics ranging from the best legal apps for android devices to how to build a virtual law practice.

If you’re a student, then the Australian Law Students’ Association is a useful page, full of articles, events and updates.

The American Bar Association  may be US focused, but it posts lots of useful articles relevant to studying and practising law in Australia.

Law School: A Survivor’s Guide is another great page for students, full of guidance from current students and recent law graduates.

Twitter

Twitter is the best platform for following breaking news stories. If you’re new to Twitter, search for the hashtag #AusLaw, which is commonly used by members of the legal profession.

Human rights barrister @JulianBurnside has more than 80,000 followers and regularly tweets about human rights issues in Australia and overseas.

Follow employment lawyer @JoshBBornstein for workplace relations news and updates.

Senior lawyer @MsLods tweets mostly about law and technology.

@KateAshmor is a former president of the Victorian Women Lawyers and recently started her own law firm.

Legal affairs journalists @JaneSYLee  from The Age, @ChrisMerrittc from The Australian and @KatiePWalsh from the Australian Financial Review all share and break news stories on Twitter.

Check out this @theLIJ article for more legal identities to follow on Twitter.

Instagram

Photo sharing site Instagram is currently the fastest growing social media platform, and there are lawyers on Instagram worth following.

@theartoflawyering is full of memes and inspirational quotes about being a lawyer.

Ever dreamed of studying at @harvardlaw or @oxford_uni? Then follow their accounts for endless photos of their picturesque campuses, interesting guest speakers and high-profile alumni.

@Mooreslawyers and @SlaterGordon are two law firms who actively use the platform and share behind-the-scenes photos of what it’s like to work there.

TV fans may wish to add Melbourne barrister and Real Housewives of Melbourne cast member @ginaliano or Sydney barrister @charleswaterstreet, the inspiration behind Cleaver Green in Rake to their list. 

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the most popular social platform for the legal profession. As well as connecting with people, you can also follow companies and influencers. Companies tend to share jobs and other articles about their organisation. Most law firms have company pages so you can follow firms and organisations you’re interested in or would like to work for in the future.  Influencers regularly write and share blog posts about their area of expertise.

Justice Connect runs a number of pro bono services and initiatives that improve access to justice, and also posts volunteer opportunities.

The Judicial College of Victoria has a range of publications that are regularly updated and shared on LinkedIn, such as the Victorian Sentencing Manual.

Richard Branson may not be a lawyer, but he shares lots of practical, career advice and tips that lawyers and students can take on board.

Family lawyer Randy Kessler posts about issues in family law and helping young lawyers to kick-start their careers.

LawJobs is a recruitment company that shares jobs and posts blogs with tips from HR professionals about what they are looking for in a candidate.

Last but not least, don’t forget to follow the LIV on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest LIV news and information especially for the Victorian legal profession.

This list is just a starting point. Send us your suggestions of other lawyers and legal organisations that you enjoy following on social media.

 

 
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