Blogs about Laws and Legal Studies in 2021
Do you wish you had a better understanding of the US legal system? Want to learn how to think like an attorney? Does your current role (or the one you want) require you to interpret and apply legal principles? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, check out these law-related blogs. Some are written specifically for lawyers, but even those provide insights and commentary that can help non-lawyers learn more about the methods, theories and principles of law.
No matter if you want to become a lawyer or you are a current law practitioner, these blogs may be useful for your careers and help keep you updated on industry news.
Lowering the Bar
Who says the law isn’t funny? Lowering the Bar is the humorous legal musings of Kevin Underhill, a partner in the San Francisco law office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, and author of The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance, about some of the world’s weirdest laws. Lowering the Bar is equal parts wit and writ—entertaining, but also a way to learn more about how the legal system works. Topics include the legal profession, lawsuits, civil law, criminal law and government.
Posts we like from Lowering the Bar:
- Company Says Customer Breached Her Contract by Dying
- You Know Trial Went Poorly If the Judge Orders You Back to Law School
- Fourth Lawyer Not Yet Stabbed with Pencil in Trial of Man Who Stabbed Three Lawyers with a Pencil
The Law of Order
Parliamentary procedures are central to the rule of democracy—that is, the commonly accepted way a group of people come together, discuss possible courses of action and make decisions. The Law of Order provides practical information, advice and strategy for navigating the legal and procedural complexities of board and committee meetings, delegate meetings, conventions and other organized procedures in a variety of contexts (e.g. nonprofits, homeowners associations and unions).
Posts we like from The Law of Order:
- A Beginner’s Guide to Governing Documents & Rules
- How to Have a Special Meeting
- Handy Tips for Keeping Discussion Under Control
There are niche legal blogs, and then there’s iPhone J.D., “the oldest and largest website for lawyers using iPhones and iPads.” The blog provides tips, tricks and reviews of Apple’s mobile devices to help legal professionals make the most of their iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches. You don’t need to be a lawyer to appreciate iPhone J.D., just someone with an interest in learning how legal professionals use technology.
Posts we like from iPhone J.D.:
- Microsoft Word Mobile View Mode: A Better Way to Proofread Briefs on Your iPad
- ABA ethics opinion on virtual practice has impact on lawyers using iPhone and iPad
- Paperless Field Guide by David Sparks—digitize the paper in your life
Apps in Law
Brett Burney is Principal of Burney Consultants, LLC, an independent legal technology consulting firm, and founder of Apps in Law, a blog that highlights apps for lawyers. This blog is great for pros-on-the-go, thanks to “mercifully short, finely-detailed video reviews.” If you want to know what apps legal professionals are using, Apps in Law is a useful source of information.
Posts we like from Apps in Law:
- 3 Amazingly Useful iPad Tips for Lawyers
- D. Todd Smith Maps His Legal Mind with iThoughts
- How Recording Videos Boosted His Practice
- Why Should Lawyers Pay Attention To CES?
Lawyerist’s core focus is to “build the tribe of small-firm lawyers who are building sustainable law practices for the next 20 years and beyond.” Even if you aren’t interested in setting up your own law practice, this site (and posts on its blog) can help give you the same insights that practicing lawyers use to shape the future of law. Topics include legal technology, legal marketing and legal events.
Posts we like from the Lawyerist blog:
- Law Firm Data & Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
- Lawyers, Stop Writing (and Saying) These Things Immediately
- How Access-to-Justice Efforts are Changing the Law
The [Pre]Lawyer in Black
The [Pre]Lawyer in Black was started to readers “navigate the study of law.” The author provides tips and insights from her own experience, lessons learned and things she wished she’d been told when she started on her journey.
Posts we really like from The [Pre]Lawyer in Black:
- Big Law: Is It Really for You?
- Top 5 Things I Wish I Knew When I started Law School
- How to Use Your Non-Law Experience to Get a Law Job
The SLSA Blog
Building on the work of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), the SLSA Blog posts content focused exclusively on issues of interest to the socio-legal community. Socio-legal studies is an interdisciplinary approach to analyze the relationship between law and the wider society.
Posts we like from the SLSA blog:
- Exploring Social Class and Law
- The Role of Legal Expertise in Law-Making
- What Can Socio-Legal Studies Contribute to Medical Law?
Environmental Law Insights
On Environmental Law Insights, Baker McKenzie’s North American Environmental Practice Group provides comprehensive counsel to assist clients in the proactive management of environmental risks and issues such as climate change and water scarcity. This blog brings together insights from environmental law professionals. If you’re interested in studying law to work in environmental protection, compliance or corporate responsibility, Baker McKenzie’s Environmental Law Insights is one blog to check out.
Post we like from Environmental Law Insights:
- Effect of Trump Administration on Energy, Mining & Infrastructure
- Rethinking NAFTA’s Environmental Standards
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership—Environmental Issues and Implications
Labor & Employment Insights
Do you work in human resources? Are you interested in studying the law to move up the HR ranks? If your job (and future career aspirations) is dependent on staying up-to-date with the latest laws affecting employers and businesses, then you may want to subscribe to Bradley’s Labor & Employment Insights.
Posts we like from Labor & Employment Insights:
- Cooperate or Pay: Recovering Attorneys’ Fees to Get to Arbitration
- Making Sure Your Company Is Not the Next Harassment Hashtag
- The EEOC’s New Data Tool—What Does It Mean for Employers?
Healthcare Law Insights
Husch Blackwell is an industry-focused litigation and business law firm that delivers innovative and strategic solutions to organizations around the world. Healthcare Law Insights brings together the firm’s interdisciplinary healthcare attorneys who share commentary on important legal issues and trends affecting healthcare organizations.
Posts we like from Healthcare Law Insights:
- Improving Physicians’ Negotiation Skills
- Slow Repeal of the ACA and Its Effect on Physicians
- Anticipating Data Issues in Your Contract Process
Disputing is the blog of Karl Bayer, a dispute resolution expert based in Austin, TX that aims to provide insight and commentary around issues related to arbitration, mediation and the alternative dispute resolution industry. If you are an ADR practitioner or thinking about studying law to enter the field, Disputing may help you learn more about the art and science of dispute resolution.
Posts we like from Disputing:
- Arbitration: Law, Policy and Practice
- Non-Lawyer Advocates Representing Parties in Dispute Resolution
- Disrupting Work Law: Arbitration in the Gig Economy
The Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC) promotes US and international business-practical resolution of technology and technology-related business disputes. The SVAMC blog provides insights and commentary from tech dispute resolution experts on issues and trends affecting organizations and the wider technology community.
Posts we like from the SVAMC blog:
- Patent Litigation
- Dispute Resolution in the IT Sector
- Insider Views of International Dispute Resolution
Marie Buckley’s Blog
Marie Buckley is a lawyer, writing coach and author of The Lawyer’s Essential Guide to Writing: Proven Tools and Techniques. Marie Buckley’s blog explores the written communication side of law, and how lawyers and non-lawyers can improve their writing skills in all facets. Blog categories include topics such as grammar and punctuation, as well as those you might not, such as how to develop productive work habits and research tips.
Posts we like from Marie Buckley’s blog:
- Seeing the Big Picture in the Cases
- The Art of (Not) Quoting
- Nutshell Writing Tips: Begin with the Background Story
The LawProse Blog
LawProse claims to be “America’s foremost provider of CLE training in legal writing, editing and drafting.” Since 1991, LawProse has conducted seminars on legal writing for more than 160,000 lawyers and judges around the world. The LawProse blog is over 300 legal writing lessons—and counting. If you want to write like a lawyer, the LawProse blog may help improve your legal communication abilities.
Posts we like from the LawProse blog:
- LawProse Lesson #360: A Tip on Revision and Proofreading.
- LawProse Lesson #295: Shifts in Voice
- LawProse Lesson #342: The Art of Asking Questions
The Legal Writing Pro Blog
Legal Writing Pro, LLC is a training and consulting firm that specializes in developing and improving legal written communications. The Legal Writing Pro blog is primarily authored by Ross Guberman, who has conducted “close to two thousand programs on three continents for prominent law firms, for judges and courts, and for dozens of agencies, corporations, and associations.” Check out this blog if you want to learn how to write (and think) like some of the top legal professionals in the world.
Posts we like from the Legal Writing Pro blog:
- 25 Ways to Write Like John Roberts
- A Day in the Life of the American Contract
- 10 Questions for Every Transactional Document
Legal History Blog
Legal History Blog is home for “scholarship, news and new ideas in legal history.” Regular bloggers are law professors from some well-known law schools in the country, including Georgetown Law, the University of Wisconsin Law School and University of California Berkeley Law. If you want to expose yourself to the subjects and topics discussed in law school, this blog is a helpful introduction.
Posts we like from the Legal History Blog:
- On Choosing a Protagonist
- How Law Helps Explain the Sit-In Movement
- Barnett and Bernick on the Original Meaning of “Due Process of Law”
TheContractsGuy is a blog and a person. Brian Rogers, a business law attorney that focuses on helping small businesses navigate the legal aspects of transactions and contracts, created this blog as “a resource to the generalist who does not specialize in commercial transactions and could benefit from a general discussion of the issues treated here.”
Posts we like from TheContractsGuy:
- Assignment of Noncompetition Agreements in an Asset Purchase
- Revisiting “No Reliance” Language in Contracts
- If You Could Have Only Two Clauses in Your Contract, Which Would You Choose?
Computational Legal Studies Blog
The Computational Legal Studies Blog was started in 2009 to “disseminate legal or law related studies that employ a computational or complex systems component.” The focus is on the rapidly growing legal technology industry and how it helps legal professionals understand, analyze and design the law.
Posts we like from Computational Legal Studies Blog:
- Legal Analytic versus Empirical Legal Studies
- The Development of Structure in the Citation Network of the United States Supreme Court
- Building Your Personal (Legal) Brand—Some Thoughts for Law Students and Beyond
Law and Liberty
Law and Liberty is provided by Liberty Fund, Inc, a private, educational foundation established to “encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals.” The site offers debate, commentary, reviews, interviews and educational material focused on the ways that liberty and law mutually reinforce one another and the principles of law in a free society.
Posts we like from Law and Liberty:
- What Local Government Need to Learn to Nurture Local Prosperity
- The Declaration and Identity Politics
- Using Defamation Law to Restrain False Statements
A career in the legal field can be intense and rewarding. If you are interested in this career, law degrees may help you get there, such as Juris Doctor(J.D.) or Master of Laws (LL.M.). Meanwhile, online J.D. programs are also available for busy working professionals who want more flexibility, as well as online LL.M. programs for people who already hold a law degree.
Apart from the legal and law blogs listed above, if you are looking for more blogs specifically for paralegals, you may also visit our Paralegal Blogs.
Last updated: April 2021