As a student, your social media interactions can affect your chances of getting admitted to law school. This is because most law schools check students’ social media posts to know them better. Whether or not the school checks your posts, understand that social media can affect law school admissions. So, endeavour to keep your posts healthy.
In the event that you uploaded some posts that criticised the law or constitution of a country, take them down. Admission officers may be following your social media posts to assess your character to know if you’re a good fit for their school. Therefore, do not underestimate the power of your actions on social media.
Kaplan Test Prep made some interesting findings. 56% of surveyed law school admissions officers said that they looked at applicants’ social media pages when evaluating them. 66% said that they found things that hurt applicants’ chances of getting admitted. Knowing this, applicants should avoid the following when sending applications.
- When you post, repost, or like materials that are widely considered offensive, it can be detrimental to your admission. Simply state your opinions in an objective and mature manner that doesn’t offend others.
- It is absolutely inappropriate for you to use social media to harm, harass, or bully others.
- Equally inappropriate would be you posting interpersonal conflicts for the whole world to see as an international student. Settle your scores in person rather than on social media.
- As a student, avoid posting evidence of illegal or unethical behaviour. This could affect you negatively in school and with the law.
- Similarly, personal or confidential information is not meant to be shared with the world. Keep it confidential for your own security.
- On the other hand, if you must comment on political issues, keep your views civil and respectful.
Social media can affect law school admissions because it is a reflection of your character. It can also affect your career positively or negatively in the long run. So, be more careful and deliberate about how you use it.