A Note on MySpace
You would think that what I am about to say is pretty evident to young lawyers and law students, but apparently it’s NOT: be careful and conscious of what you write about yourself on the internet. It can and will come back to haunt you.
At a New Year’s party, I spoke with someone who is currently clerking for a judge in the Eastern District. He told me that his judge had rejected a potential law clerk after he searched MySpace and found that she had posted about illicit activities at a party and some “questionable” pictures.
Intrigued, I conducted my own search of MySpace and was surprised at how much information about local lawyers and law students was readily available. Law students in particular seem to misrepresent their legal experiences and qualifications. I found a law student who claimed to be the “head of the real estate department” of a local law firm and she named the law firm on the webpage. Another law student claimed to be getting her “JD in Entertainment Law” from Temple. I don’t remember specializing and as I remember it – and it hasn’t been that long since I graduated – there was only one class in entertainment law offered…
I found a young attorney who had listed “boobs” as his main interest… It may be true that a large segment of the population spends a good amount of time thinking about boobs, but listing the law firm that you work for on the same page is not a good idea for many many reasons. Seriously, do you want to have a conversation about this with the partner who you work with? And I somehow doubt that women are going to line up to give him referrals.
Another common theme for young lawyers is to dedicated half of their page to the fact that they are lawyers — you know, because we should all be worshipped as gods — while they dedicate the other half of the page to comments and pictures of scantily clad people who they have partied with, pictures of them drunk and passed out…and sometimes even covered in puke.
It wasn’t my intention to offend anyone, but if you are offended, then you should think about it — I easily found this information and so can your boss, grandmother and everyone else on the planet. I’m not suggesting that you can’t be yourself; I’m just warning that if you don’t want anyone (or everyone) to see it, don’t post it openly on the internet.