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With around 28 million monthly active users in the UK, it is likely you have Instagram downloaded on your phone. Although the app can be thought of as unproductive, with many users often using it to procrastinate or scroll through aimlessly out of boredom, you can modify your feed to gain some legal insights, alongside the entertainment.
Most law firms have Instagram accounts on which they post deadlines, upcoming events or any other news regarding the firm and its employees. Law firms may also post stories of what their trainees do throughout the day or have interactive Q&As for aspiring candidates.
This way, you can stay engaged with the firms of your interest, and if anything sparks your curiosity (eg, projects they are working on), you can follow up with additional research later.
By legal platforms, I mean websites like LawCareers.Net. There are several other websites available too, which you can use to find out about a diverse range of events (eg, law firm open days and panel events), opportunities (including paid jobs), commercial awareness updates, advice, insights (eg, day-to-day activities of a solicitor/barrister) and so much more.
Aspiring lawyers can easily sign-up to these events via law firm Instagram accounts and direct message them any queries you might have.
Commercial awareness accounts
In addition, when opening the Financial Times (FT) seems less exciting than logging onto Instagram, remember that it does also have an Instagram account which provides followers with headlines alongside brief descriptions. It then directs you to the website to read more if you’re interested. Note that this does not necessarily substitute actually reading the FT (or similar newspapers).
However, it is great if you are feeling overwhelmed with the amount and length of articles that are out there, or if you are unsure which articles to read. With these short news/updates, you can pick and choose what interests you, and then read about them in depth later.
Head to LawCareers.Net’s commercial awareness hub for more tips on developing your commercial understanding, plus articles from leading law firms on the issues they’re thinking about right now!
Following bloggers is great for getting personal insights into different people’s legal journeys. You might even be able to find someone who is on a similar path to you, and take inspiration and advice from their stories.
My personal favourites are @shannontongg, @law_with_holly, and @simranjeetkmann. It feels nice to know that there are people that are going through, or have already gone through, similar struggles, especially if you are not surrounded by other aspiring lawyers/law students. Alternatively, following different bloggers will highlight the various options you can take towards establishing your career at different stages of your life.
You can also find a list of useful podcasts via LCN’s 15 podcasts all law students should listen to article!
Instagram is not a replacement for LinkedIn, and reaching out to certain people, for example, law firm employees or members of the graduate recruitment team is more appropriate for the latter app. And remember, that while many bloggers are open to interacting with their followers you should always remain to remain professional and respect the boundaries of the people running the accounts, as you would in person.
Read LCN’s article on how to make the most of LinkedIn for more tips on using this platform.
As someone who uses Instagram daily, I found that these four types of accounts were crucial in helping me find work experience and legal areas that interest me, staying up to date with news, signing up for events, and getting advice/insights for my career.
Since all of this content was mixed with fun posts of non-legal accounts that I follow, I never felt like I was doing any work. It became part of my daily routine to get some useful, law-related information.
That being said, you can also follow legal meme accounts for a good laugh, my favourite is @lawplug. However, if you feel that you need more separation between entertainment and law-related work, then you could even create a separate Instagram account.