Law School Grads Agree: Social Media Is ‘Fair Game’ For Employers

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“Should a prospective employer or the state bar use an applicant’s social media presence to decide whether the applicant should get a job or receive admission to the bar? It’s a thorny issue that lawyers of yesterday never had to deal with, but it seems there is a consensus among recent graduates.

According to a Kaplan Bar Exam survey of 700 law school graduates from the class of 2017, a full 78 percent of prospective lawyers think it is “fair game” for employers to use social media profiles in hiring decisions. Fewer think it is also acceptable for a state’s character and fitness board to use social media posts in determining who is admitted to the bar, but a clear majority — 66 percent — think it is acceptable.”

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