The 21 best legal podcasts to listen to in 2021
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 these five categories to discover your new favorite way to expand your knowledge of the legal industry.
- Best legal podcasts for technology and innovation
- Best legal news and current events podcasts
- Best legal podcasts on thought leadership
- Best law school and professional development podcasts
- Best true crime and legal stories podcasts
Best legal podcasts for technology and 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 podcast to learn from. 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 news and current legal events podcasts
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 on 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.
Best law school and professional development podcasts
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.
On this weekly podcast, hosts Sam Glover, Aaron Street, and Stephanie Everett invite a successful lawyer onto The Lawyerist show to talk about the future of practicing law. Episodes cover a range of topics, such as law school, entrepreneurship, marketing, and business models—including models suitable for small firms and solo attorneys—in the legal industry.
12. UN-BILLABLE HOUR
Experienced attorney and law firm management professional Christopher T. Anderson spends one (un-billable) 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.
13. 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 legal 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.
Haylie and Samantha share their law school journeys to help other law students and prospective students navigate the experience—which they admit can be scary and challenging sometimes. The duo shares their firsthand, real advice straight to your inbox every Monday.
The Law School Toolbox is a legal podcast about legal careers and life, starting from law school, the bar exam, and beyond. Each week hosts Alison Monahan and Lee Burgess—both law school and bar exam experts—share practical advice to help students navigate academic matters, careers, and more in an entertaining manner.
Best true crime and legal stories podcasts
While most true-crime storytelling podcasts focus on the investigation side, these shows examine crimes and stories from a legal perspective.
16. 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.
17. 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.”
18. 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 of the Legal Wars podcast, 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.
21. LAWYER STORIES
This energetic and inspiring legal podcast got started on Instagram in 2017, sharing stories of how people started and got to where they are in their legal careers. Tune in to Lawyer Stories for authentic insights into what success in law really looks like and a look into the different opportunities and experiences that exist for lawyers.
Bonus: Notable mentions
These high-quality podcasts may not talk about popular topics, but they are a good addition to any legal podcast list. You’ll learn about supreme court dealings, marginal legal advice, and personal and professional issues lawyers face.
AMICUS – Supreme court podcast
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.
HANDEL ON THE LAW – Marginal legal advice podcast
Witty and humorous lawyer Bill Handel has run this show-turned-podcast for the past thirty-five years. Handel offers bold, entertaining, and addictive advice to callers on the weekly show. It’s a great way to learn another lawyer’s perspective on legal questions people may have.
ASKED AND ANSWERED – Personal and professional issues for lawyers
This podcast is run by the ABA Journal and discusses topics relevant to lawyers every month. Host Stephanie Francis Ward interviews top-of-the-industry guests to examine not only the issues lawyers face in the legal profession but also the personal issues they experience in day-to-day living.
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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This article has been updated to reflect new information and industry trends from the original article, published on April 17, 2020.