Will WordPress Acquire Law Schools?

21 January 2014

Detroit: Ronnie Burt, Director of Sales and Operations at Edublogs, shares 29 ways WordPress is occupying Universities and Higher Ed. As way of background, Edublogs is a WordPress based publishing platform employed by over 2 million educations.

Rather than considering WordPress as only a blog platform, Burt says educators must leverage WordPress to meet all types of web and technology requirements.

Burt reveals the range of WordPress with 29 current university and higher education sites, including the below.

  • University website
  • Marketing site
  • Professor blogs
  • Research findings
  • Online courses
  • Alumni magazines
  • Library blogs
  • Admissions sites
  • Student portfolios
  • Faculty bios
  • Course blogs
  • Summer program
  • Student organizations

WordPress is ideal for law schools. Law schools have inadequate technology budgets and technology personnel. Law schools are also trailing in their use of innovative publishing and social media solutions.

WordPress is an open source solution with a rich and mature development community. Sites can be built up, modified, and utilized at a fraction of the cost of other tech solutions.

Law school alumni are a network. But how is that network powered by law schools? By infrequent and geographically limited alumni socials and the back pages of quarterly law school magazines citing alumni, mainly for Super Lawyer and Best Lawyer acknowledgment.

Imagine an alumni network which allows lawyers to publish, via WordPress, insight and commentary on the law. Or a curation of alumni law blogs and Tweets built on a WordPress site.

This would facilitate alumni to discover and network with each other in a significant way — as well as build a cordial relationship between the alumni and their law school.

How about law students announcing on niche areas of interest? Students come into law school knowing online publishing on WordPress or WordPress-like solutions like the back of their hands.

Students would be further coached and advocated in this regard by law professors who were blogging to advance legal dialogue and improve their repute.

Why not the law school dean frequently posting to a law school site along with other law school personnel? Maybe that site shines a light on alumni on regular basis. Get a student from the journalism school, if needed, to do ‘hero stories’ on alums.

It makes little sense for law reviews not to be published on WordPress. Articles in reviews must be able to be syndicated to larger sites aggregating content. Think Flipboard or Zite for expert journals. Law reviews are no longer bound on shelves clustered in the back of the law school library with reviews from other schools.

We’re soon to see WordPress become as omnipresent as Word is for online publishing. And better than just publishing one publication or article, WordPress allows content from hundreds or thousands of sources to flawlessly come together in one site for discovery and further personal syndication to RSS readers.

Law schools out be partial only by their imagination when it comes to the use of WordPress.

For any number of reasons, including common sense, WordPress may certainly take over law schools.

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