Top 30 Law Blogs of 2013


There is no aspect of life that is not affected by Law, and, by extension, the legal system. The field is broad and the roles are many. From legal assistants to paralegals to lawyers, legal professionals are responsible for helping individuals and corporations navigate the complex legal system.

This is a list of thirty of the most prominent law blogs. The list spans many fields and specialties. The blogs included will be useful to any legal professional in a given field, or curious about a field in which they do not yet specialize.

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1. China Law Blog is a business law blog that deals with the intricacies of doing business with and in China. Whether a company seeks to export to China, or to outsource labor there, this blog is a great resource for keeping up to date with Chinese business law.
Highlight: Think you have a China Trademark or a China Company? Think again.

2. The Volokh Conspiracy is a group blog primarily featuring posts from its law professor bloggers. The blog deals mostly with current subject matter from an academic point of view.
Highlight: A Constitutional Law Lesson For Steve Benan

3. iPhone J.D. deals with technology from a legal point of view. From helping lawyers secure their phones (and the important information accessed through them) against attacks, to highlighting the newest useful apps and tech tools for lawyers.
Highlight: Protecting Your iPhone with Two Step Verification

4. Employment Law Group Whistleblower Blog features updates on current cases involving whistle-blowers and the laws pertaining to them. The blog’s focus is on keeping its readers apprised on the constant evolution in law regarding the ins and outs of blowing the whistle, including what’s legal and what’s not concerning the actions of both the whistle-blower and the other interests involved.
Highlight: Federal Jury Awards Whistleblower $3.5 Million in Alaska Retaliation Case

5. SCOTUSblog is the law blog reader’s go-to source for news and information about all things involving the Supreme Court of the United States. The blog provides analysis of major current and future cases and decisions.
Highlight: The Plan B Pill Dispute Explained

6. Lawyerist is all about the ins and outs of life as a lawyer. From avoiding accidentally giving legal advice, to covering emerging trends in the law world, such as blogging itself. The goal of the site is to help legal professionals navigate sometimes treacherous waters.
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7. Law Insider is all about the business side of the legal field. The blog explores various opportunities for jumping into new and potentially lucrative fields, and talks about the intricacies of interactions between businesses and fields such as biology and the ethics of patenting human DNA.
Highlight: Should Researchers and Scientists Be Able to Claim Human DNA as Their Intellectual Property?

8. Lessig is the blog of Lawrence Lessig, considered one of the most influential minds in legal academia. He blogs about issues that sit at the crossroads of law and technology, often dealing with modern copyright law. He is a copyright reform advocate and sits on the advisory panel of Creative Commons.
Highlight: The Continuing Debate Over the @aaronsw Prosecution

9. Startup Lawyer is the blog of Ryan Roberts, who specializes in serving entreprenuers and their startups by providing them legal services. The blog is a forum for him to discuss some of his insights on the finer points of business law as it applies to new companies.
Highlight: Price Cap Liquidation Preference Windfall Regulators

10. Ms. J.D. is the blog of a non-profit, non-partisan organization that shares its name and is dedicated to helping women in legal professions achieve their full potential while improving their overall experience.
Highlight: A Life Outside Law School–The Secret to OCI

11. IPWatchdog is a premier source for coverage of the intellectual property realm. The blog covers the emerging intricacies of intellectual property law from all angles.
Highlight: Software Patentes: Drafting for Litigation and a Global Economy.

12. Law Professor Blog Network features blog posts from a variety of law professors on their specialties and law academia in general. The site features posts directly on the site as well as links to posts by members on other sites and personal sites.
Highlight: Allocating Antitrust Risk in M&A Agreements

13. Althouse conveniently allows readers to access a version of the blog that features only law posts instead of both law and personal posts. The blog focuses on covering current events from a legal perspective.
Highlight: Judge Rips Obama’s Right Wing Plan B Stance

14. Lawyernomics features commentary and analysis on the subject of  legal practice marketing and other economic issues. The site features breakdowns of the most effective and efficient ways to grow a legal practice or law firm as well as providing new lawyers and legal professionals with advice about the best ways to make money in the field.
Highlight: How do People Find and Hire Attorneys?

15. Simple Justice is the blog of a New York criminal defense attorney. The blog’s content features his musings on the criminal justice legal system, and turns its eye on current cases to use as examples.
Highlight: The Passion of Prosecutors

16. Rainmaker Lawyer is all about how to make money in the legal field and how to reach your full potential. The blog is primarily focused on marketing–how to attract the best clients.
Highlight: Law Firms Trying to Win the Marketing Lottery

17. Blog Law Blog deals with current events from a legal perspective. The blog primarily features interesting stories with more of a local or smaller perspective that get ignored by larger media sources.
Highlight: Revising the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

18. NFA Gun Trust Lawyer Blog is devoted to following and analyzing current trends in regard to gun control law, specifically the laws involving gun trusts. Gun trusts are legal entities set up often times by gun owners to ensure their ability to responsibly share firearms and pass them down to family.
Highlight: Can my Friends and I Use the Same Gun Trust to Share Firearms?

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20. Non Profit Law Blog strives to help educate non-profit organizations and the lawyers representing them on the intricacies of the unique sets of laws governing non-profits.
Highlight: Nonprofit Social Enterprises

21. Cybercrime Review is a blog focusing on the intricacies of laws dealing with technology and the internet. The blog seeks to bring the analytical gaze of legal professionals and start trying to find answers to some of the most pressing questions in modern society.
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22. Law Practice Tips is the blog of Jim Calloway and it is focused on providing legal professionals working in or owning law practices useful tips for success.
Highlight: The Basics of the Lawyer’s iPad

23. Construction Law Musings deals with the many legal issues faced by construction companies and their lawyers. The blog also provides commentary and analysis on emerging legal trends, and changes in construction law.
Highlight: How to Win Big in the Construction Industry

24. Overlawyered is a CATO Institute blog that takes a critical look at the legal system and seeks to demonstrate how it costs much more than it needs to, and should be refined to cut down on costs.
Highlight: The High, High Cost of the Jones Act

25.  Geeks and a Law Blog focuses on examining the environment and culture of large law firms, and providing its readers with ideas as to how one might survive such a competitive environment.
Highlight: Are You Doing it for the Firm, or for the Club?

26. Concurring Opinions is a collaborative blog featuring posts from a variety of contributors on legal topics. The blog has regular contributors but also features guest contributors from time to time.
Highlight: Debating the Shareholder Value Myth

27. Sentencing Law and Policy focuses on providing readers with commentary and analysis on existing and potential sentencing law. The Blog also provides readers with critical analysis of ineffective or outdated sentencing practices.
Highlight: Florida Tries to Speed up Executions as Maryland and Other States Repeal Death Penalty

28. The Legal Satyricon takes a sometimes lighthearted, often irreverent and satyrical look at legal matters. With a world full of many serious legal blogs, this may be a welcome change of pace for many.
Highlight: The New Victorians Strike Campus Yet Again

29. Legal Theory Blog takes an analytic eye to the theory on which modern law is based. The scope of the blog is broad and features commentary on subjects as wide ranging as legal issues in globalization to Hindu concepts of justice.
Highlight: Goldmann on Public and Private Authority and Global Governance

30. Point of Law features critical analysis and commentary directed at the Litigation system in the United States. The blog is sponsored by the Center for Legal Policy at the Manhattan Institute and features articles and discussions from some of the most important minds in legal scholarship.
Highlight: House Judiciary Establishes Bi-Partisan Task Force to Take on Overcriminalization

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