34 top legal blogs to follow in 2021
When you’re scouring the net for a sector-specific legal resource, or for trustworthy insights into the latest legal developments, the sheer array of law blogs on offer can seem overwhelming.
That doesn’t change the fact that there has never been more great content targeted toward legal professionals on the web. Everyone, from in-house operations to intellectual property specialists to criminal lawyers, is well-accounted for. To save you some time, we’ve put together a list of thirty-four top legal blogs in ten categories that you need to follow, neatly separated by sector.
- Top corporate law blogs
- Top legal operations blogs
- Top legal technology blogs
- Top legal news blogs
- Top business law blogs
- Top criminal law blogs
- Top law firm blogs
- Top online legal magazines
- Top legal ethics blogs
- Top litigation blogs
Top corporate law blogs
Finding the right resources as a corporate counsel professional can be tricky — here are the best blogs for an in-house legal team like yours.
1. ABOVE THE LAW
Above the Law remains the go-to option when it comes to in-house blog reading. They run a neatly designed site with well-contextualized material that’s comprehensive across the legal landscape.
2. TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW AS IN-HOUSE COUNSEL
Sterling Miller is still going strong after all these years, and his blog is one of the best — he has an excellent way of breaking down complex topics into simple, actionable insights and couches it all in an engaging and accessible literary style.
3. ACC DOCKET
This comprehensive resource covers stories in categories including ethics & compliance, litigation, law department management, technology, human resources, and careers in legal. Back issues of their online magazine, Digital Docket, are archived on the site. With columns such as Learn Your World, which explores country-specific facts and opinion columns such as My Take, the magazine has something to peak everyone’s interest.
The evergreen InhouseBlog focuses on the latest industry findings and what they mean for in-house legal teams. Like a lot of the best legal blogs, they also run a mantle of additional legal resources that will help in-house professionals improve the legal services they perform for the company.
5. IN-HOUSE OPS
Published by Law Business Media, this blog boasts an impressive 25-year tenure in the legal industry. In-House Ops partners with corporate law department leaders from around the world and elite law firms to create high-quality informational content. Count on them for articles about law department administration, career development, and in-house legal technology.
6. METROPOLITAN CORPORATE COUNSEL
If you’re in the corporate law space and find yourself hunkering for a high-quality case study or two, then the MCC is your place. They tailor all of their output to best addressing the needs of in-house counsel, so you’re guaranteed to find their content helpful and inspiring.
7. LAW 360 CORPORATE BLOG
Law 360’s corporate blog shares legal news and analysis on regulatory and other legal issues affecting corporate counsel and companies. Frequent topics include regulation, enforcement, litigation, legislation, and governance.
Top legal operations blogs
While the legal operations industry is still young, it’s a growing function of in-house teams. In recent years, a wealth of content in the legal operations space has become available. One of our favorites is:
The Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) blog is great for catching up on best practices in legal operations. They publish high-end content at a good frequency, and their site is chock-full of choice auxiliaries too, including conference information and year-end reports.
On our blog, we share legal operations insights and best practices from our founder Nathan Wenzel, industry leaders, and the rest of our team. Subscribe now to learn about the best legal technology and tips to transform your legal department with better operations management.
Top legal technology blogs
Technology never stops evolving. Legal professionals that fail to stay up-to-date on the latest in legal tech will miss out on incredible tools and powerful solutions that can support their work. The following blogs take care of the heavy-lifting by investigating, reviewing, and reporting on noteworthy innovations.
You may recognize the founder of this blog, Robert Ambrogi, from his work as a columnist for Above the Law and the ABA Journal. LawSites focuses specifically on legal technology and offers insights into new legal tech products and websites. Don’t forget to tune into LawNext, the accompanying podcast that features innovators and entrepreneurs in the legal industry on each week’s episode.
11. LAW TECHNOLOGY TODAY
This blog is published by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) and strives to provide guidance on how to leverage legal technology in a variety of legal practice settings. Look to them for quick legal tech tips, case studies, and a wide range of recommended resources including books, videos, and podcasts.
12. ABA TECHSHOW
Although the the ABA TECHSHOW only happens once a year, the blog is updated frequently. The site features guest authors that provide news and tips about everything from social media marketing for legal professionals to managing cybersecurity and data privacy.
Top legal news blogs
Whether you want to do research for an upcoming case, dig into in-depth legal analytics pieces, or discover upcoming legal industry events, legal news blogs can simplify your search. Check out these go-to legal news blogs whose curated content will keep you abreast of all these legal.
Think of Law.com as your all-inclusive legal newspaper. Here you can find trending legal stories, the LegalSpeak podcast, and press releases. Plus, you can access useful tools such as their verdict search, legal dictionary, and legal communities directory.
14. LEGAL DESIRE
Legal Desire is a beautifully designed website with a full range of legal news split into in-house and law firm, deals, and analysis sections. It’s also a great resource for those interested in networking with the greater legal community, offering a frequently updated list of legal events to attend. There’s even a section dedicated to job listings if you’re looking for a new opportunity!
15. LEGAL READER
Legal Reader is a legal news blog with an uncompromising ethos. They focus on the protection of consumers from corporate malpractice, making them an excellent resource for legal news junkies and corporate law specialists alike.
Top business law blogs
Business law is a broad category that encompasses both public and private law. Blogs in this space cover topics such as small business law, intellectual property, contract negotiations, and more. Take a look at these popular business law blogs, each of which has their own speciality.
16. ILLINOIS BUSINESS LAW BLOG
The IBLJ is an “independent peer-reviewed, student publication of the University of Illinois College of Law,” and their blog specializes in the intersection of business and law. They publish content in quarterly clusters, and because part of their stated aim is “to give authors a creative and analytical outlet for legal areas that interest them,” their work is often highly unique and passionately thorough.
17. LAW 4 SMALL BUSINESS
Small business law is impressively well-accounted for in the blogosphere, and Law 4 Small Business is one of the very best outlets of its kind. If you deal with small businesses, this blog is a must, offering from-the-field reports and legal advice on the latest small business cases.
18. THE IP LAW BLOG
A must for legal professionals specializing in IP (intellectual property), The IP Law Blog provides deeper insights into developments in patent, copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property-related areas.
Top criminal law blogs
Criminal law cases may dominate generate newspaper headlines, but finding insightful content written by and for legal professionals can be difficult. These top blogs tackle topics such as state versus federal criminal law, precedent-setting verdicts, and moral debates.
19. THE CRIME REPORT
The criminal justice resource of choice, The Crime Report is non-partisan, and their hugely prolific rate of output (50+ articles a week) gives them more of a magazine-type air than just another blog. They boast a comprehensive sweep of subject areas, from policing to drug law, hate crimes, and wrongful convictions.
20. CRIME & CONSEQUENCES BLOG
A justified complaint you often hear from criminal law specialists is that most high-quality online content tends to be defense-oriented. That’s what makes Crime & Consequences so easy to recommend. They’re perhaps the best non-defense-oriented legal blog on the internet, offering a balanced content diet from both sides of the legal equation.
21. THE VOLOKH CONSPIRACY
Staffed mainly by law professors, The Volokh Conspiracy is an immensely readable and sometimes controversial blog analyzing the full gamut of U.S. criminal law.
Top law firm blogs
While many law firm blogs focus on their own announcements and legal specialties, others offer an impressive collection of content. On these top law firm blogs, you can discover educated opinion pieces, legal research materials, and even trending news.
22. KIRKLAND AND ELLIS
As one of the most internationally respected law firms, Kirkland & Ellis operates a stylishly designed blog with a highly functional search interface. Their content is snackable in length and ordered according to “trending topics” — you can find good quality stuff on everything from cybercrime to economic sanctions and tax reform here.
23. LATHAM & WATKINS
It seems inaccurate to say that Latham & Watkins runs a blog when, in fact, they run a whole matrix of subject- and sector-specific legal blogs on their site. From Middle East developments to environmental law to fintech topics, L&W has an article for it all, making them an excellent one-stop-shop when you’re hunting for legal resources.
If you’re working on a slightly smaller scale, then MyShingle could be a great option for a law firm blog. They’re the most comprehensive online resource for small law firms and independent legal professionals.
Top online legal magazines
Legal magazines are a little different from regular legal blogs. They’re likely to be flat-out larger and more comprehensive in scale, featuring a wider cast of writers and offering the kind of editorial variety you might associate with a traditional magazine as opposed to the narrower focus of blogs. You’ll also find a wider range of content types on them, from short-form articles to in-depth features.
25. ABA JOURNAL
The flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, the ABA Journal is predictably high-quality and offers a comprehensive overview of the American legal landscape.
26. VANGUARD LAW MAGAZINE
This global resource provides insights into legal philosophy by corporate counsel based in regions such as North America, Europe, and South America. Here you will find diverse stories highlighting women, international legal professionals, and the LGBTQ legal community. Vanguard Law Magazine is known for their insightful features of legal professionals representing a variety of specialities.
27. LAWYER MONTHLY
A robust resource, Lawyer Monthly features plenty of legal news and sector insights. Their online content is categorized by practice area and region and is updated constantly throughout the day so you can trust that you are receiving truly up-to-date information.
28. ATTORNEY AT LAW MAGAZINE
If you’re a private practice attorney, then the Attorney at Law Magazine is the legal publication for you. Here you will find legal marketing and practice management advice, attorney Q&As, legal news, and local events.
29. ARTIFICIAL LAWYER
Artificial Lawyer’s focus is on changing the business of law through people process and technology. Artificial Lawyer also maintains the AL 100 Legal Tech Directory and the AL Legal Tech Education Guide.
Top legal ethics blogs
Legal ethics is an important topic every lawyer should follow. An easy mistake could cost a hard-earned career. These blogs share tips and real-life reports of legal ethics violations in order to help you stay ethical.
30. THE ETHICAL INVESTIGATOR
On The Ethical Investigator, Charles Griffin Intelligence shares thoughts on performing due diligence, asset search, and other corporate investigation matters ethically.
31. LAW PROFESSOR’S BLOG
While not entirely a legal ethics blog, the law professor’s blog has a category dedicated to judicial ethics and the courts. Their articles report on current court and judicial dealings connected to legal ethics –especially in the workplace.
Top litigation blogs
Better litigation skills come with more practice, true. But knowing what to practice is important. These litigation blogs share legal action news, tips on how to structure arguments, and generally help you keep up with best practices in litigation.
32. LITIGATION DAILY
Litigation Daily talks about the issues that elite litigators obsess about. From personal injury cases to higher-profile class actions, they share expert perspectives on some of the biggest legal actions and court battles in the United States. They also highlight a litigator every week –litigator of the week–, it’s a great way to find smart litigators to follow.
33. PLAINTIFF TRIAL LAWYER TIPS
If you are looking for ways to better present your cases to juries, Paul Luvera shares one article per week on the Plaintiff Trial Lawyer Tips blog talking about communication for trial lawyers and other litigation best practices.
34. LITIGATION NOTES
The Herbert Smith Freehills litigation notes is a blog to find the latest development on litigation law, cases, practices, and class actions. Follow the litigation notes blog if you want to keep up with what’s happening in the legal action space.
Bonus: Notable mentions
These blogs are a good addition to your list of legal blogs to follow. You’ll learn about legal theory, legal history, and if you are a woman, lawyers style for women.
LEGAL THEORY BLOG – Legal theory
This blog shares all the Jurisprudence to get you up to speed with the principles, rules, and philosophy of law. You’ll learn about the theoretical aspects of law, the constitution, and topics like virtue ethics, legal positivism, legal realism, and neoformalism among others.
LEGAL HISTORY BLOG – Legal history
The legal history blog shares submissions from numerous writers on topics ranging from the history of legal education to the history of the legal system and more. They also feature weekly roundups of content from around the internet and webinars around the topic of legal history.
LAWYERS’ FASHION – Female lawyer style blog
Bri Jones founded Lawyers’ Fashion on Instagram in 2015. Since then, she’s shared inspiration for the working woman’s corporate wardrobe with her followers. On her blog, you’ll find outfit ideas that are classic yet trendy and also attainable.
Legal blogs to meet every need
There are legal blogs out there that cater to every kind of law professional and legal situation — whether you just want to brush up on the newest developments in your field or dive deep into a specific issue, there’s a blog to answer the call.
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This article has been updated to reflect new information and industry trends from the original article, published on December 5, 2019.