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Blawgs run-down: Employers are Facebook scoping

Blawgs run-down: Employers are Facebook scoping

"Is your Facebook page ready for your character and fitness exam?" asks one legal blog. Because it's now being reviewed by some state bars to determine whether you're a good candidate.

"Is your Facebook page ready for your character and fitness exam?" asks Above The Law. Because it's now being reviewed by some state bars to determine whether you're a good candidate. 


The question of whether it should be legal for employers to check job applicants' Facebook profiles has come to the fore as the Florida Bar Examiners, the group that decides who gets to become a lawyer in Florida, is considering forcing some "wannabe lawyers to be subjected to a thorough social networking investigation prior to their being knighted esquires". 


The Florida Bar will apparently look for evidence of substance abuse in applicants with a history of those problems.


Legal Blog Watch asks: "Do you think bar associations should rely on social media to determine bar admission? And where do we draw the line on those aspects of a bar applicant's private life that can be deemed relevant to his or her fitness as a lawyer? Or does putting one's private life on Facebook, by definition, make it public?"


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