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Social Media Use for Attorneys: Social Media Use: Courses

Social media has become prolific in our everyday professional and personal lives. This LibGuide will introduce you to resources that may guide you in the responsible and beneficial use of social media in your future law practice.

Touro Law's Center for Innovation in Business, Law & Technology

As described at its website: "The Center for Innovation in Business, Law and Technology (IBLT) at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center is dedicated to advancing the state of understanding about the intersection of technology, business and the law both within and beyond the law school. It does so through a growing list of courses for Touro Law Center J.D. and LL.M. students, continuing legal education seminars for practicing attorneys, and publications and events for the general business community. As part of its efforts, the IBLT frequently collaborates on programs and initiatives with other educational institutions, organizations and companies throughout Long Island and beyond."   The IBLT Center Director, Professor Jonathan Ezor further explains: "The IBLT is dedicated to ensuring that today’s attorneys understand both the opportunities and the risks that technology brings to the business world."  Learn more about the IBLT here and  here.

The IBLT offers Touro Law Center several courses related to its mission, including these courses that delve into the topic of lawyers and social media:

Cyberlaw (2 Credits)

Privacy and the Digital Age (2 Credits)

Professor Ezor has also posted several of his presentations on social media and the law to Slide Share.  You can access all of them here. Most recently, Professor Ezor posted presentations entitled, "Social Media and Confidentiality" (2013) and "Legal Ethics and Social Media: Use in Litigation" (2013).

Practising Law Institute

You can search for course materials on this topic at the Discover PLUS database, located here, wherein the Practising Law Institute (PLI) makes the books and transcripts for its courses available to subscribers.  You must be signed into TLC web to use this database.   Below are a few of the more recent PLI courses on this topic:

About Law School and CLE Courses

On this page, you will find links to law school courses offered by Touro Law Center and CLE (continuing legal education) courses offered by a variety of providers.  Depending on your expertise and need for education, you may consider taking these courses in order to augment your knowledge on this topic.  The topics include not only general social media use by attorneys, but also the ethical use of social media, e-discovery, and e-advertising for lawyers, and more!  

CLE courses are a great way to learn about the most recent updates in the law and the field, and even if you are not yet practicing or a are a newly admitted attorney, you can still learn quite a bit.  Please note that newly admitted attorneys are prohibited from receiving CLE credits through courses that are provided in online, audio, or other non-traditional formats.

The LibGuide creator has not taken any of these courses, although each of these vendors are reputable, and their courses are approved for credit by the New York Continuing Legal Education Board.  Use your own judgment as to whether any course is the right one for you.

NYS Bar and NYC Bar Associations

Suffolk County Bar Association

Touro Law Center Courses

Touro Law Center students are offered a rich and varied curriculum.  Among many other courses, students have the opportunity to take the following courses in this field:

Digital Media & Advertising Law (2 Credits)

E-Discovery (2 Credits)

ABA CLE Materials