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Second-year law student Travis Hodgkins didn’t land his summer associate position through top-notch grades, a position on a law review or through the traditional on-campus interviewing process. He landed his dream job by blogging. Hodgkins, who will begin his third year at Hastings College of the Law next semester, is spending this summer working in Shanghai for Seattle-based law firm Harris & Moure, a job he was offered after name partner Dan Harris messaged him on his law blog, www.transnationallawblog.com, which focuses on events in international law. “The reality is we never would have hired Travis if not for his blog,” said Harris. For many law students, keeping up a professional blog has become another way to make employment connections. It enables an employer to see students’ writing ability and knowledge about a particular subject and, more importantly, it shows that the student is motivated, innovative and takes initiative, Hodgkins said.
‘While the content of a blog often attracts employers, having a blog is also a good way to demonstrate technological skills to potential employers.’

Hodgkins is not alone in his blogging success story. Recent law graduate Ian Best, from Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, was contacted by potential employers through his blog. Best, the first law student to receive law school credit for blogging on 3L Epiphany (now called Law Blog Metrics), was contacted by firms in West Virginia and New Jersey for interviews. Best turned down the interviews because he wanted to stay in Ohio and now works for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission in Columbus. While the content of a blog often attracts employers, having a blog is also a good way to demonstrate technological skills to potential employers. Raj Mahale, a partner in the Stanford, Conn., office of Hartford, Conn.-based Murtha Cullina, was impressed by new associate David Carson’s blog, which organized a large amount of information on immigration law onto one Web site. “It was impressive what he was trying to do with the site,” said Mahale, who interviewed Carson for the position. “It was entrepreneurial and showed that he was very tech-savvy, which is useful for a firm like ours.” Mahale said Carson will be designing an immigration blog for the firm. His blogging showed that he had something more to offer the firm than just good grades and credentials. Sandhya Bathija is a reporter with The National Law Journal, a Recorder affiliate based in New York City.

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