Blogs have grown up from their beginnings as personal online rants (though there are plenty of these still around) to an important information source in the digital age. While you are in Law School learning the underlying theories, concepts, and rules of law, you are probably also becoming aware that the law is not just a static set of rules but a dynamic process subject to constant change and reinterpretation. When you go into practice, it will be important for you to have sources of information to keep up with all the changes and current events in your practice area. With that in mind, here is a list of 15 diverse law blogs compiled by Abby Rogers of the Business Insider Law and Order section.
15) Whistleblower Law Blog
Why it’s great: Whistleblower Law Blog, run by The Employment Law Group, provides pretty comprehensive coverage of all the whistleblower cases happening around the country.
14) iPhone J.D.
Why it’s great: iPhone J.D. breaks down the best apps, operating systems, and other tech tools for lawyers.
13) The Volokh Conspiracy
12) China Law Blog
Why it’s great: China Law Blog discusses laws in China, obviously. But it does so in such a clear and compelling way it really lives up to its mission to “assist businesses already in China or planning to go into China.”
11) Constitutional Daily
Why it’s great: It’s a relatively new blog, but the guys behind Constitutional Daily offer up entertaining analysis of the current legal news.
10) Election Law Blog
Why it’s great: In case you didn’t know, it’s election season. So use Election Law Blog to brush up on everything you need to know, at least law-wise, concerning the upcoming political contest.
9) The Careerist
Why it’s great: The Careerist breaks down the legal industry’s job market — which admittedly isn’t the best — and covers hiring trends as well as offers career advice.
8) The Law Insider
Why it’s great: It’s a how-to-succeed website for lawyers. The Law Insider is a forum for attorneys to “share and learn about how to be successful in this ever changing legal landscape.”
Why it’s great: If you’re a lawyer or a firm looking for advice on marketing, practice management, law school success, or basically anything else law-related, then look no further than Lawyerist.
Why it’s great: It’s Cosmo but for professional women in law firms and other corporate workplaces. A woman who worked as a litigator on Wall Street started Corporette in 2008 as a way for professional women — namely lawyers, bankers, and other business women — to discuss fashion and lifestyle.
Why it’s great: Not only is Vault a career board for legal job seekers, it helps you figure out where you want to work. The Vault Law 100 tells readers the best places to work.
4) The Crime Report
Why it’s great: The Crime Report — published through the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice — provides comprehensive, plain-English reports of crime and judicial rulings from the across the country.
3) The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog
Why it’s great: Law Blog covers the really “hot cases” and trends in the legal industry, culling stories from sources across the country that might not be used elsewhere.
2) Above The Law
Why it’s great: Above The Law is the industry’s favorite insider publication, featuring everything from enviable scoops on firm culture to the most ridiculous antics of the country’s legal professionals.
Why it’s great: Not only is the SCOTUSblog team on top of every ruling to come out of the high court, but Lyle Denniston and co. provide easy-to-understand analysis that makes the justices accessible to more than just journalists and scholars.