Online Social Networking for Legal Professionals

Social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter allow legal professionals to interact in a variety of ways.

As of April 2009, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. group on LinkedIn included 447 members. Similarly, the Paralegal Network group on LinkedIn boasts 603 members and the Paralegal Gateway group has over 1,000 members from throughout the country.

These groups allow members to share information relating to careers, professional development, and continuing education. The Paralegal Gateway and other groups for paralegals also have their own page on Facebook. Because employers and prospective employers might also be able to view information post on social networking sites, individuals should use caution and common sense with the content they post online. Social networking sites can be a valuable way for legal professionals, including lawyers, paralegals, and legal assistants to connect online.