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LinkedIn and the Legal Profession

LinkedIn and the Legal Profession

The professional networking platform LinkedIn has over 400 million users worldwide, with the majority of these users based in the US, India, Brazil and the UK. It recently surpassed 20 million members in the UK, which evidently falls short of the millions accumulated by other social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. However, it still maintains the highest number of users for a professional networking platform, beating French-based Viadeo (50 million users) and Germany’s XING (10 million users).

Statistics show that, of the 20 million UK users, 210,000 of these profiles belong to legal professionals, contributing to just over 1 per cent of the platform’s total membership. Eversheds and CMS Cameron McKenna are the UK’s most LinkedIn law firms joined by the Crown Prosecution Service. According to the networking website, Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester are respectively the most-common universities attended by those in the legal profession. This comes as little surprise as the legal industry is often heavily criticised for its elitist nature, which is obviously inherent to its recruitment process.

Further figures show that 2,300 of the 210,000 profiles are lawyers that have come to work in the UK from abroad, while 2,800 left the UK to work in overseas locations. The statistics also indicate that 10 per cent of all legal professionals on LinkedIn chose to switch jobs in 2015.

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