In a world driven by computers and smartphones, it’s easier than ever to catch up on current events. However, this doesn’t mean people are taking advantage of the benefit of having internet access anywhere.
For citizens and students, particularly law students, keeping up with current events is crucial — and it’s not just the US news or the local news that matters. Global news is extremely important because goings-on in the rest of the world can be very influential on day-to-day life in America.
This is especially true for law students, who deal with law and policy every day. It might seem easy to believe that world news can’t affect the small niche of law you practice, but events in other countries have more of an impact than you might think. Keeping up with these news stories is important if you want to become successful in your field.
Millennials make up a generation that are less interested in politics and news than any other generation. They are less informed and less aware about what’s going on with politics and in the news and are also less likely to talk about politics on a regular basis that the generations before them.
However, the social media generation is largely more concerned with US news rather than global news. You’ll find many more posts about people’s opinions on police brutality or a debate on US soil than opinions on global terror attacks and groups like ISIS.
This is a mindset that is easy to adopt. It’s hard to read about events from all over the world and understand how it might affect you. For law students, though, it’s crucial to get out of that mindset. Law students who study global news will have an advantage over those who do not because they will have a better understanding of where the world stands in terms of finances, global markets and changes in international law.