Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Law.com, Law Schools Scrutinizing Applicants' Social Media Posts:
If you want to get into law school, better not post that video of your underage self shot-gunning a beer to your Facebook page. And while you’re at it, leave your obsession with actual shot guns off your Twitter account.
It turns out that more than half of law school admissions officials recently surveyed by Kaplan Test Prep—56 percent—said they have looked at the applicants’ social media to get a better sense of them. And fully 91 percent said that social media is fair game when culling through applications. ...
Law admissions offices have more heavily relied on social media reviews in recent years. Just 37 percent said they looked at social media pages in 2011, when Kaplan first asked the question.
Of those who check social media pages, 66 percent told Kaplan that they had found something that hurt a candidate’s chances, such as inappropriate photos of underage drinking or other undesirable activities. Some officials reported seeing racist things on social media, or even criminal activity.