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people have been saying things like that for years. i started law school in 2005, and was admonished by everyone at law school to delete the rather frank and foul-mouthed blog that i had been keeping for years and years, claiming i'd never be employed if i had it floating around the internet and traceable back to me.

did i shutter it? no. i kept it going. three years and thousands of posts later, i have a JD, a law license...and a job.


I don't think they have changed that much. I question just how many student blogs the faculty were really reading to begin with. None were reading mine. :) And I do think a lot of younger students are using social media (Facebook, etc.) more than blogging. Sign o' the times, I guess.

As for me, I definitely post less than I used to, although I still read a lot of blogs. It had less to do with graduating or employment, and more to do with becoming a dad.


It seems like by "important," they're talking about being substantive. I agree that faculty and practitioners have stepped into that niche, and do it better than law students.

I think you're right that there are just too many law student weblogs out there to keep up. If you're a lawyer, probably the only reason you check out a student blog is to relive the old days or see what the kids are thinking these days. You probably don't stick around long enough to get to know the person, and even if you do, you're not necessarily interested in reading similar content on lots of other student blogs. In the early days of student blogs, there were just a few in a tightly-knit community, and they linked to each other often so there was an ongoing conversation. Now, not so much.

Blogs are dead. You will find the students in MySpace or Facebook.

Silly. Does that law student believe employers don't know about MySpace or Facebook yet?

You can have a professional blog that is an asset to your career (like this one); it's a little harder to have a professional Facebook page. That the person you quoted only thinks of a blog in terms of "here are pictures of me at a beer bash", apparently, says more about their imagination than it does about the future of blogging.

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