The 10 Most Valuable Blogs for Law Students
By Jon Fortenbury May 31, 2012
Law school is no joke, but sometimes jokes are necessary to survive it. Here are ten blogs -- some funny, some informational -- to help you excel in law school, or at the very least not die.
1. Law Cents is great for law students because it's directly written for you. Written by a former student, Law Cents features articles ranging from warning students of the status of the current law market to the non-career benefits of law school. The blog provides a personalized, sincere voice, which should be a breath of fresh air, especially when you feel overwhelmed with impersonal, objective facts.
2. The Wall Street Journal Law Blog features the same top-notch reporting as The Wall Street Journal's print newspaper. A blog written by nine veteran law reporters, WSJ's Law Blog covers important court cases and trends in the profession, providing an educated reading of the field you're about to enter. Also, the blog has a law school category, with over 450 articles in it.
3. Concurring Opinions is a blog run by a Pennsylvania Limited Liability Company of the same name. Most of the articles are written by law professors at top law schools, providing in-depth commentary on a number of legal issues and court cases. It's a must read for law students, since it allows you to see law from the brilliant minds of, quite possibly, your own professors.
4. Above the Law, sponsored by Breaking Media, doesn't let anyone off the hook. A blog dedicated to not only breaking news but also providing gossip and criticism on people and cases, Above the Law is like the locker room for lawyers: a brutally honest and entertaining place of discussion. You'll need this to lighten up and take a break from legal jargon.
5. SCOTUSblog, sponsored by world leader legal research system Bloomberg Law, far exceeds the qualifications of a blog. On top of brief court case summaries and intellectually stimulating editorials on current issues in law, SCOTUSblog provides current petitions, court statistics, community discussion and much more. Law students: you'll be in heaven with this one.
6. Life at NYU Law is a blog written by NYU law students, where they provide advice to other law students and write on their own experiences. Blogs range from "3 Reasons I'm Glad I said Yes to Law School" to "Finding a Great Summer Internship." It will not only allow you to learn from your fellow suffering peers, but it will also let you know that you're not alone in this wild adventure called law school.
7. The Undeniable Ruth (with its tagline, "...and the Ruth shall set you free!") is a blog written by an Arizona lawyer about subjects ranging from how to survive law school finals to the legality of throwing glitter on people. The blog allows law students to experience the opinions of a seasoned professional, while also remembering to laugh and enjoy other activities in life.
8. BU Law Student Blogs is the voice of law students at Boston University. Featuring posts from a few students on a consistent basis, this blog provides readers with an inside view of what it's like to be a law student at Boston University, as well as informed opinions on court cases and on Boston in general. The bloggers also give general advice for other law students, which can prove very helpful for your law school years.
9. Lowering the Bar, a blog written by a San Francisco lawyer, is not only great for law students, but it's also great for anyone who loves humor. This means it's especially great for humor-loving law students. Imagine the style of "The Onion," except applied to real court cases. Lowering the Bar will make you laugh but it will also make you think, as this lawyer deeply analyzes issues and cases you should know about.
10. The Volokh Conspiracy, like Concurring Opinions, is a blog written mostly by law professors. The blogs typically analyze court cases, down to picking apart specific sentences said during the trial. Not only will this blog keep you up to date on certain trials and issues, but it will also let you see how professionals write and analyze court cases, which can help you become better students, and later, better lawyers.