Even lawyers rely on blogs to finds out the latest gossip related to the job stability and job security, or the currently the lack thereof within the legal profession due to the recession. Legal blogs are also known as “blawgs.”
Legal professionals and law students alike consult blawgs to find out about the inside conditions of law firms, the latest rulings from the Supreme Court, as well as job openings and interesting occurrences in the legal profession.
In addition, some legal professionals use blawgs as a starting point of reference for new changes to specific areas of law prior to beginning formal legal research.
The top 5 general legal blogs, or blawgs, include:
1. Above the Law (http://abovethelaw.com): From the latest Enron-like scandal, to the news of massive law firm firings or hirings, to the latest legal gossip, Abovethelaw.com is the top source of legal information viewed by many members of the legal profession.
Written and hosted by Breaking Media, LLC, Abovethelaw.com also communicates changes to law school accreditation policies as well as bar passage rates annually. In addition, it highlights reductions in legal bonuses, career movements of law firm partners, latest legal news, as well as statistics and studies based on the current climate of the legal profession.
It is one of the most thorough and informative resources for strategizing career moves, if one is giving consideration to becoming a successful attorney, or a great distracter from a boring law school class.
2. SCOTUSBlog (http://www.scotusblog.com): Do you want to research the GOP’s appeal to the Supreme Court to reform its campaign finance law? Or do you want to keep track of the length of the terms of each of the Supreme Court Justices?
The Scotusblog.com is the place for you. It provides legal information about the latest court orders and court rulings of the Supreme Court passed on a weekly basis. Staff writers and attorneys from law firms, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP and Howe & Russell, create the content.
The blog features case analysis and plain English discussions about the impact of the case rulings to the average person. The SCOTUSblog also provides commentary and political information related to Supreme Court decisions.
It also maintains an online court calendar of the Supreme Court’s docket, so legal professionals and legal academics can keep watch over upcoming issues and potential controversies.
3. The Volokh Conspiracy (http://volokh.com): The Volokh Conspiracy is a group blog written primarily by a group of nearly 20 law professors from legal institutions, including Duke University School of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, and the UCLA School of Law. It focuses on legal issues and provides legal analysis and commentary on current events in the U.S. and around the world.
It covers a broad scope of legal issues as they affect politics and law. Many of its postings relate to constitutional law issues.
4. MyShingle.com (http://myshingle.com): MyShingle.com launched in December of 2002. Carolyn Elefant published the blog with material dedicated solely to small law firm and solo practice. She, herself, embarked on a journey as a solo practitioner over 15 years ago.
Myshingle.com offers monthly postings with tips on how to survive, how to make money, and how to create a satisfying legal career in the small firm and solo practice arena. In addition, readers can purchase Elefant’s book, Solo by Choice, for further information.
5. Wall Street Journal Law Blog (http://blogs.wsj.com/law/): The Wall Street Journal publishes a law blog dedicated to all things law related that drastically affect business interests and politics. The Law blog of the Wall Street Journal gives up to 4 postings per day based on legislative changes and other pertinent legal issues, such as current tax revisions and the impact of the Goldman Sachs indiscretions.
Ultimately, blawgs provide an anonymous venue where all legal professionals can either freely rant about what they hate about their chosen profession, or discover what really goes on privately in what is often considered one of the most conservative professions compared to any other industry, so they can make the most satisfying career choices.