Legal Counsel: Top 50 Law School Blogs

One thing is for sure, those studying or teaching law sure love to write. And they do it very well. The Internet is full of informative, compelling legal blogs (also known as blawgs). Here are the top 50 blogs that, each in their own way, relate to law school. Broken down by category, the following numbered list is not ranked.

Law Within and Beyond Academia

Most of these blogs are written by law professors and cover a wide range of the political, academic, and just plain fun. Anyone attending or teaching law school is sure to come away from these blogs with more knowledge than they started.

  1. The Volokh Conspiracy. This popular blog features UCLA professor Eugene Volokh as well as contributions from others. The topics tend to focus on Volokh’s specialties, so look for legal news as it pertains to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, criminal law, and church-state relations.
  2. Prawfsblawg. Seven professors from seven different law schools collaborate on this blog. Recent posts included breaking into the academic job market, adolescent sexuality and the law, and the value of a foreign employee’s job in respect to free trade with the U.S.
  3. Law Culture. Visit this blog if you enjoy a wide range of legal stories ranging from academic gossip, torture, popular culture, and racism in the presidential campaign. Even those outside the law school environment will enjoy the posts written by professors from such heavy hitters as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Georgetown.
  4. BlackProf.com. Focusing on "race, culture, and society," this blog touches on more than just the law. A few recent posts report on the gangsta lifestyle going to court and a controversial cover of Vogue.
  5. Legal Theory Blog. This blog provides links to published papers focusing on various legal theory topics. Lawrence B. Solum, professor of both law and philosophy at the University of Illinois keeps this running list of papers up to date.
  6. Law Blog. This blog is a part of the Wall Street Journal and covers the overlap of business and legal subjects. While technically not a law school blog, the WSJ tends to be a favorite among lawyers and law students.
  7. Concurring Opinions. Describing itself as "a general-interest legal blog," the professors who contribute to this blog cover a wide variety of legal topics. Also included are postings with recent cover pages and links to several prominent law reviews.
  8. The Becker-Posner Blog. These two well-known experts each offer their opinions on the same topic. Recent posts have covered the airline industry, the food shortage/biodiesel debate, and executive compensation. Don’t worry if you lose the link to this popular blog–it’s available on several blogrolls.
  9. Balkinization. With a heavy dose of academia, this blog covers current legal topics. Due to the nature of several contributors frequently all commenting on the same subjects, this blog offers a variety of prospectives.
  10. Empirical Legal Studies. This site is devoted to bringing together "empirical methodologies and legal theory." It’s not all statistics and data here, though, as they also offer news from the world of legal empiricists.
  11. Above the Law. On a decidedly lighter note, yet still a serious site, this "legal tabloid" offers distractions such as Jobs of the Week, Judge of the Day, and Nina Totenberg sightings.
  12. Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports. This interesting blog will draw you in with news, links, interesting facts, and even details of professors’ comings and goings among law schools. You are sure to enjoy reading this popular professor from the University of Texas Law School.
  13. Law School Academic Support Blog. What law student couldn’t use some practical advice on how to cope with the stress of school? While the focus of this blog is intended for law professors in Academic Support departments, it offers practical advice and news for law students and professors alike.

Types of Law

With the huge number of legal fields out there is was difficult to narrow this section. These blogs either enjoy a huge readership or offer great information.  Don’t let your own personal field of interest stop you from exploring some of the types of law listed below.  There is good reading among these blogs.

  1. Lessig. A professor who has written several books about technology and the law, Stanford Law School’s professor Lawrence Lessig pens this blog. Topics frequently focus on the current political state of technology and copyright issues as they pertain to the law.
  2. Health Law Prof Blog. Find all the latest news in health law in this blog written by professors. The posts range from Medicare to genetic discrimination.
  3. TaxProf Blog. This popular, informative, and easy to read tax law blog, written by Paul Caron, a professor at the University of Cincinnati Law School, offers topics touching on a range of issues that will be of interest to students, professors, and practicing lawyers alike. There’s even a post about Wesley Snipe’s failure to pay taxes and how the decision in the case could affect future tax enforcement.
  4. The Sports Law Professor. Written by Jeffery Standen, a law professor at Willamette University, this blog provides a peek into the world of sports law. Not only does he cover timely topics in sports law news, he also includes more academic topics, such as "Why Study Sports Law?"
  5. Election Law Blog. Written primarily by Rick Hasen of Loyola Law School, this blog focuses on the many aspects of election law such as voters’ rights, campaign finance, and redistricting. In this highly active election year, you are sure to find some interesting reading at this blog.
  6. Info/Law.  Read about the latest in information law such as public domain, ISP privacy issues, and companies enabling censorship. Written by three professors who met at Harvard and current teach at three separate law schools, the information in this blog will keep you informed.
  7. Contracts Prof Law. A collaborative effort by several professors in the field, this blog focuses on contract law current affairs. Such big names as Southwest Airlines, CBS News, and 20th Century Fox TV make their way into this roster.
  8. Feminist Law Professors. In addition to the extensive information on current feminist topics as they pertain to law, this blog also includes a list of law professors who identify themselves as feminists, links to recently published books on feminist topics, and information about upcoming conferences.
  9. Media Law Prof Blog. With a decidedly international flair, this blog will keep those interested in media law updated. The result of a collaboration of several professors, topics cover recent laws as they apply to TV, movies, music, the Internet, and more.
  10. Wills, Trusts, and Estates. The housing industry, the cremation industry, women and estate planning, and James Brown are all topics recently covered in this blog written by professors specializing in wills, trusts, and estates. Check out the post about the man pronounced dead who started moving and responding as his family was about to pay their last respects before organ harvesting began.
  11. Workplace Prof Blog. Another collaboration of professors, this time coming together to discuss laws as they affect the workplace. Smoking, family leave, and the top ten hardest jobs to fill round out the latest blogs on this site.
  12. Appellate Law Practice. Here’s the latest appellate law cases in the news. Many of these will leave you shaking your head in wonder.

Specific Law Schools 

 While most of these blogs are written primarily for the students and professors at individual law schools, they also offer information on papers, rulings, and news that can be informative outside of these schools. It would be impossible to include all the fine law schools in this list, and many schools are not represented below. If your favorite school isn’t there, it was likely because they either don’t have a blog or their blog was not very accessible.

  1. Toby’s Blog. It’s subtitle says it all, "The Official JD Admissions Blog at Harvard Law School." While this blog is specifically geared to potential and new students at Harvard Law School, it contains plenty of information that could be helpful for any student at Harvard Law.
  2. The Faculty Blog. Various professors contribute to the news, announcements, and ongoing dialog on The University of Chicago Law School’s blog. Unlike most other collaborative blogs, this one contains a bit more conversation between the bloggers, raising the natural intimacy of the blog a few bars.
  3. Brooklyn Law School Library Blog. Helpful beyond the Brooklyn Law School community, this blog posts about current events in the ever-changing legal world.  If you would rather listen than read, they also offer podcasts of conversations with professors and students on a variety of legal topics.
  4. Georgetown Law Faculty Blog. With several law professors contributing to this blog, you will find a wealth of information on current legal news. There is a heavy emphasis on abstracts and links to recent papers, publications, and books.
  5. Yale Law Library – Reference Blog. This blog offers working papers from Yale professors as well as a variety of news reports that effect the law. While the information on this site is directed at Yale students, others in legal academia will likely find the blog a source of useful information.
  6. iBlawg. Drawing from Duke Law School’s Intellectual Property program, this blog seeks to be "a leading online legal journal dedicated to the intersection of law and technology." The posts reach far beyond the walls of Duke University to serve as a source of information for all interested in law and technology.
  7. Georgetown Law Faculty Blog. This blog includes papers, books, and commentary on recent legal decisions and other law news.  While the emphasis is on those with connections to Georgetown, the blog definitely has a broader scope beyond Georgetown, with much to offer other readers.
  8. American Constitution Society. Housed within the Columbia Law School, the American Constitution Society offers information to balance what they describe as the "narrow conservative vision of American law."  The constitutional-based posts are informative, but you will have to wade through several posts specific to Columbia (especially as of late with their annual Board elections occurring).
  9. Center for Internet and Society. A part of the Stanford Law School, this blog serves as a clearinghouse of Stanford Law blogs and focuses on all things Internet. There is an occasional post that is Stanford-specific, but most of the content is not.

Blogs Featuring Blogs 

 With the huge amount of legal blogs out there, it is helpful to have a way to organize and search for them. All of these blogs offer a way to do so.

  1. Blawg Dictionary. A feature of ABA Journal, this blog provides a featured blog each week as well as a comprehensive directory of law blogs organized by category. Searches can also be run by author, region, or law school.
  2. Blawg.com. Recent posts, featured categories, and most popular listings keep this blog of blogs up-to-date. It also features a visually appealing interactive blog map.
  3. myHq blawgs. Basically, this is a giant legal blogroll. It may not be as pretty as some of the more sophisticated sites, but it does break the categories down into several categories such as New Blawgs, Law Students, and Law Professors.
  4. Blawg Review. A law carnival (or the compiling of the best of the best blogs), this site offers blogs from a wide variety of topics withing the legal realm. This is an excellent resource of legal blog information funneled into one site.
  5. Law Professor Blog. This blog offers blogs from law professors all across the country. If you are trying to find a specific professor, use the search option.
  6. Law Student Blogs. Written by law students and pre-law students, this is a clearinghouse of various blogs. With the number of student blogs, one wonders how so many have time to post while carrying such a heavy work load.
  7. LawBlogs. This simple list of blogs is broken down into three categories: Student Law Blogs, Professorial Law Blogs, and More Law Blogs. Be aware that some of the blogs on this list are no longer updated regularly.
  8. Clever WoT. This is the place to find student blogs broken down by campus (and "unknown" for those who require a bit more privacy in their blogging.) It looks like this list isn’t updated frequently, therefore some of the bloggers listed are not still blogging. Having said that, the law school experience seems to be a timeless one, so the posts are still worth reading.
  9. Inter Alia. Touting itself as an "Internet legal research weblog," this site has plenty of information available. Blogs of the day hit every topic imaginable withing the legal field.

Especially For or By Students 

 Who else but a law student (current or past) knows what it’s like to go through the intensive years of law school? All of these blogs offer something specifically for students, be it diversions, commiseration, or advice.

  1. JD2B Blog. A part of JD2B.com, an online social network for law students, this entertaining blog hits on a variety of topics that are relevant to the daily life of students. Find the top 100 law schools alongside the video parody, "Real Men of Law School."
  2. Divine Angst. This graduating law student has chronicled her entire law school career on her blog.  Of special interest, every two weeks she posts a list of interesting blog entries from other law students. She also has quite an impressive blog roll of law students.
  3. Law Career Blog. Focusing on law school and working as an attorney, this blog offers information that law students will find both interesting and educational. Professor Gregory W. Bowman of Mississippi College School of Law writes in a clear and engaging style.
  4. Wish I Would Have Known. With advice from current and past law students, the posts on this blog offer helpful tips for what they would have done differently in law school. Not only can potential students find the information helpful, but current students will likely find a few tips to help along the way as well.
  5. Butterflyfish. Enjoy the experiences of a law student juggling marriage, parenthood, and studies in this blog. While some of the posts are directly related to law school, others are a beautiful diversion to balance the load for both the blogger and the reader.
  6. Legally Numb. Follow the ruminations of a first year law student finding out what it’s all about. You’ll want to start cheering for her as you see her persevere.
  7. LawSchoolBlogger.com. This law student is keeping it real with fun posts to distract from the heavy workload of law school. Stay tuned as the drama unfolds and he unveils his new blog name after another party claimed ownership to "LawSchoolBlogger."

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