Published: May 07, 2020
Law Twitter is a special place—the lawyer in-jokes; the commiseration about Contracts class, bar prep, or billables (depending on where you are in your legal career journey); the political discourse; and the community love and support come together in a way that makes it easy to feel connected to the legal industry. And with COVID-19 keeping many of us in the legal industry at a distance, social media channels like twitter are more important than ever, helping to bring us together. But with the sheer volume of lawyers, organizations, and even firms and nonprofits out there vying for your attention, where do you start when you want to engage with Law Twitter? To help, we’ve gathered up some of our favorites in this sphere, so check these accounts out if you need an extra boost of legal content in your daily Twitter feed.
As good a place to start as any, the American Bar Association’s Twitter account is a great place to check for the latest industry news. The account strikes a good balance between helpful statistics, substantive content, and some levity to break up the day. Particularly useful are the webinars ABA shares with its Twitter followers, including this one focused on attorney well-being—just in time for Attorney Wellness Week. Be sure to check out its affiliate accounts as well, including the ones for young lawyers and the ABA’s Center for Innovation.
Ross Guberman is a lawyer, author, and the president of Legal Writing Pro, a service offering legal writing CLE courses. The Twitter account offers takes on common writing errors—including examples in extant briefs—polls on the correct way to phrase things in legal writing, and commentary on the legal industry at large, particularly in the litigation sphere. This account gives you some quick tips to improve your legal writing, often in small but impactful ways, and who couldn’t use that?
Brian Cuban is the author of The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption. Like his book, his Twitter feed takes a hard look at attorney wellness, from mental health to addiction issues to male disordered eating, in a way that’s both compassionate and humorous. Cuban has come away as an authority on the issues that plague attorneys that still aren’t being discussed as much as they should be, and his Twitter page is updated frequently with these discussions. (He’s also Mark Cuban’s brother, for all you Shark Tank fans out there.)
Above the Law is a great source for legal news, particularly if you’re in the mood to hear some tea spilled. ATL covers BigLaw, federal courts, local courts, and small firms. In particular, their coverage of coronavirus-related pay cuts, layoffs, and other austerity measures has been extensive; they make it easy to keep up with how each individual law firm is handling this crisis. They also frequently feature expert contributors to their blog to round out their content.
Kristen Clarke is the President and Executive Director of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an organization aimed at securing equality through rule of law, with a particular focus on racial inequality. (Fun fact: The organization was founded in the ‘60s at the request of John F. Kennedy.) Clarke tweets thoughtfully on issues such as voting rights, incarceration, and (most recently) the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on black and brown communities. For anyone interested in these issues (hopefully, everyone!), Clarke’s account is a great source of news and information.
A crime a day keeps the billable blues away? This account is perhaps more fun than substance, but it sure is a hoot. Each day, it sends out the statutes that make niche issues federal crimes, such as: “21 USC §§331, 333, 343(g) & 21 CFR §133.154 make it a federal crime to sell high-moisture jack cheese if it isn't moist enough, but not too moist” and “16 USC §916f & 50 CFR §230.4(j) make it a crime for a whaling captain to use explosive darts that don't have a distinctive mark on them identifying the captain as the explosive dart owner.” It’s truly astounding just how extensive federal law is, and this Twitter account’s mission is to keep you abreast of even the dumbest rules we have.
Of course, you all knew this was coming—Vault Law’s Twitter feed is one of the best ways to keep up with trends in the legal community, from legal hiring to attorney wellness and even how COVID-19 might affect law students’ job search efforts. Want to know what to expect as a first year at a BigLaw firm? How about next steps for if your summer internship is cancelled? Looking for a job in the legal sphere is on track to get more difficult in the coming months, but we’ve got you covered during these challenging times—so be sure to check us out.
With the end of 1L year comes one of the next steps on the path to lawyerhood: the opportunity to write onto your school’s law review or a secondary journal. Journal membership is a resume item that many employers look for—not because it’s a rite of passage, but because it shows you’ve had the opportunity to further hone your legal research and writing skills.
Law school finals are quickly approaching, but as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many law students will be taking exams remotely. While some may be psyched to take their Evidence exam from their beds, others may be stressed over how to successfully pull off finals from their busy—and distracting—homes.