The 20 best legal podcasts to listen to in 2020
While there are thousands of legal podcasts spanning hundreds of niche topics, the best legal podcasts combine great research, expert input, and engaging storytelling.
We’ve done our own research to hunt down 20 amazing shows that have achieved that perfect combination. Browse the categories below to discover your new favorite way to expand your knowledge of the legal industry.
Best legal podcasts: technology & innovation
Here at SimpleLegal, we are all about legal tech — and these podcasts are our go-tos for the latest developments.
If you love to geek out over the latest in legal technology and innovation, Technically Legal is the podcast for you. The host and interviewer, Chad Main, is an attorney and the founder of legal services provider Percipient. Each episode features a leader in the legal industry, like SimpleLegal’s Co-Founder Nathan Wenzel.
Lawyer, writer, and consultant Bob Ambrogi hosts weekly episodes of the LawNext podcast. This show covers a range of legal topics, from legal tech to improving access to legal support. Tune into LawNext to hear Ambrogi and his guests discuss what’s driving change and innovation in the industry.
If you are a legal professional who wants to level up their law department management, Legal Toolkit is a great resource. Host Jared Correia is the CEO of Red Cave Law Firm Consulting, which offers law firm business management consulting and technology services. Each month, Correia introduces listeners to top lawyers and legal professionals, who chat about what tools, services, and programs they used to improve their practices. Catch Nathan Wenzel on an episode about legal process management.
Best legal podcasts: current events & legal news
In the ever-changing world of law, keeping up with landmark rulings and legal debates is crucial. Tune into these podcasts to hear the latest news from courtrooms, legal newspapers, and law classrooms around the country.
Think of Pro Say as the CliffNotes of legal news. Every week, Law 360’s Pro Say provides a recap of what happened in the legal world in the past seven days. The three hosts — Amber Mckinney, Bill Donahue, and Alex Lawson — are legal journalists who chat about big stories, as well as a few that didn’t make the headlines. With the help of their expert guests, they break down legalese and present stories in an easy-to-digest format.
This contemporary legal news podcast has been running since 2005, and it remains a trusted resource for current events in the legal industry and discussions of recent rulings. Each episode is hosted by top-rated criminal defense lawyer J. Craig Williams and features many industry experts as guests. You can count on Lawyer 2 Lawyer for insightful debates about hot topics from courts across the United States.
6. LGBT BAR NY
You can’t beat LGBT Bar NY when it comes to insightful discussions about the latest legal news related to LGBT issues. Eric Lesh, executive director of the LGBT Bar of NY, and Art Leonard, a professor at New York Law School, cohost monthly episodes. Lesh and Leonard discuss the legality of bakeries refusing to bake for gay weddings, adoption agencies discriminating against same-sex couples, and many other hot topics.
Emmy Award–winning journalist June Grasso hosts the Bloomberg Law podcast, which analyzes legal issues and major cases in the news. While the show doesn’t release episodes on a set schedule, you can usually count on a few releases each month. The short episodes examine different areas of law through interviews with legal scholars and practicing attorneys.
Best legal podcasts: thought leadership
Check out these shows if you’d like to open your mind to some thought-provoking discussions about ethics, politics, and the future of law.
Above the Law manages one of the most popular legal blogs, so it’s no surprise that their podcast, Evolve the Law, is top-notch as well. Attorney Ian Connett, founder of Quantum Jurist, is the writer and host behind this podcast. Through interviews with thought leaders in the legal industry, Connett facilitates discussions about the present and future of the legal sector.
Ethics play a major role in the legal industry, but the evolution of legal ethics isn’t always an easy or popular topic. However, Megan Zavieh, state bar defense and ethics attorney and host of Lawyers Gone Ethical, tackles this tricky topic head-on in every episode. Tune in for insights from Zavieh and her guests regarding the ethics of social media, data security, and marketing in the legal realm.
Hosts Kathryn Rubino, Joe Patrice, and Elie Mystal combine their experiences as journalists and litigators on this law podcast that takes a unique approach to legal discussions. Together, the three hosts talk through a topic experienced by everyday people and reexamine it through the eyes of a lawyer. If you’ve ever wondered about the legal side of an impeachment proceeding or the accuracy of how lawyers are portrayed on TV, Thinking Like a Lawyer is a great listen.
Slate writer Dahlia Lithwick hosts this legal podcast that centers on the nine supreme court justices. Lithwick highlights the extreme influence these nine people have over how U.S. laws are written, interpreted, and enforced. Episodes often feature politicians, professors, and legal professionals, who provide expert insight into supreme court issues.
Best legal podcasts: professional development
Whether you’re fresh out of law school or an experienced attorney looking to build your career, the expert hosts and guests on these podcasts can help you progress.
Every week, hosts Sam Glover, Aaron Street, and Stephanie Everett invite a successful lawyer onto the show to talk about the future of practicing law. Episodes cover a range of topics, such as law school, entrepreneurship, marketing, and business models in the legal industry.
13. UNIBILLABLE HOUR
Experienced attorney and law firm management professional Christopher T. Anderson spends one (unbillable) hour each month giving advice about managing a law firm. He covers topics such as finding your niche in the legal industry, leveraging AI, and hiring top talent.
14. I AM THE LAW
Through interviews with law school graduates, I Am the Law addresses the challenges of becoming a successful attorney, ways to approach different practice areas, and other topics centered on helping law grads build their careers. Be sure to listen to their mini-series, Women in the Law, which teaches men and women about inequality in the legal industry and promotes women empowerment.
15. NEW SOLO
For anyone hoping to go solo or improve their solo practice, New Solo is a must-listen. The host, Adriana Linares, is a law-practice consultant and coach who converses with guests about legal entrepreneurship. Each month, Linares invites a guest to talk about networking, helpful legal technology, and law-practice management.
Attorneys are generally portrayed as stressed out, bitter, and/or cold-hearted. The Happy Lawyer podcast set out to share inspiring stories from lawyers who are enjoying their personal and professional lives. Host Okeoma Moronu is a formerly anxiety-ridden lawyer who went through her own journey toward a well-balanced life as a legal professional. Her weekly talks with other attorneys just might encourage you to take steps toward a more balanced life.
Best legal podcasts: true crime & legal stories
While most true-crime storytelling podcasts focus on the investigation side, these shows examine crimes and stories from a legal perspective.
17. COURT JUNKIE
As the name implies, Court Junkie is a show geared toward anyone who loves digging into the criminal law aspect of true crime. Jillian LP, founder and creator of CourtJunkie.com, highlights the injustices and issues within the U.S. judicial system by poring over court documents, attending trials, and interviewing key people involved in cases.
18. THE LEGAL GEEKS
Self-proclaimed geeks and licensed e-discovery attorneys Jessica Mederson and Joshua Gilliland host this fun podcast. Legal-minded fans of comic books and all things sci-fi will love how Mederson and Gilliland tackle questions like, “Did Ultraman Commit a War Crime?” and discuss topics like “Contracts that Violate Public Policy on the Clone Wars.”
19. HEELS OF JUSTICE
Sarita Venkat, head of IP Transactions Worldwide at Apple, and Katherine Minarik, General Counsel at Americas for Dyson, cohost this female-focused legal podcast. The two women created Heels of Justice so they could share the stories they wanted to hear — true stories about trailblazing female attorneys who made waves in politics, courtrooms, and boardrooms.
20. LEGAL WARS
This riveting show dives deep into some of the U.S.’s most famous court cases. Author, actor, entrepreneur, and Harvard Law School graduate Hill Harper hosts this well-researched and entertaining law podcast. In each episode, Hill works through court transcripts and interviews so he can make you feel as if you’re listening from the jury box. Tune in for dramatic yet educational discussions about landmark cases, such as the fight for free speech online, and their lasting effect on society.
Stay informed with legal podcasts
Whether you were looking for an additional legal news source or a unique take on the legal industry, we hope you discovered a new podcast to add to your rotation.
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