Are lawyer jokes appropriate attorney web content?

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but how many attorneys does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Lawyer jokes, you’ve probably heard a million of them in your professional career. Society loves to pick on those dedicated to upholding the laws, and some of the best jokes come from attorneys themselves! If you’re a legal jokester you may be tempted to tell a few wise cracks of your own on social media or on your blog, but comedians beware – there’s a time and a place for everything.

Keep ’em Clean If You Jest in Public Forums

Google “lawyer jokes” and you’ll get about 14.3 million results, now Google “clean lawyer jokes” and it drops to a mere 905,000 results. Truth be told, there are a lot more vulgar and mean lawyer jokes out there and those have no place in establishing your Internet reputation – public or private.

You’d never think of posting a vulgar legal joke on your LinkedIn network feed, but what about your personal Twitter? Remember that any social media accounts you maintain – public or private – are a reflection of your reputation. If you really feel like making a quip at your profession, keep it clean. Here’s a clean answer to that light bulb joke:

How many attorneys does it take to screw in a light bulb?

How many can you afford?

Consider If You Want to be Known As a Joke-Cracking Attorney

Your professional reputation is at stake every time you make a statement, whether it’s published as part of your web content on your blog or said in a casual discussion with colleagues at a seminar. Some attorneys stake their reputation on being a down-to-earth, casual person who is connected to his or her clients. Other attorneys keep their personality completely professional and present themselves as all business and dedication.

The former example may want to mix in a lighthearted joke here and there to show they’re not above poking fun at what can be frustrating and stuffy aspects of the law. The latter will probably want to keep joking out of his or her attorney web content and keep any lawyer jokes to close friends and family.

You Don’t Need Humor to Have Great Attorney Web Content

Using humor and jokes in your legal content can be a fun diversion from your normal topics, but it should be used sparingly and only when appropriate for your practice. If you’ve built a reputation on being an informational, straight-forward law firm it may come across as awkward if you abruptly start cracking jokes. However, if that’s been part of your charm for a while, keep it up.

While we appreciate a good lawyer quip, there’s no joking around at We Do Web Content when it comes to producing the best content for our attorney clients. We strive to capture your personality and image – funny or not – and infuse it into every article, blog and newsletter we produce. Give us a call at 888-521-3880 or fill out our contact form and get personalized treatment from our content team.