October 31, 2019 Practice Points

Top Five Free Legal News Websites for the Legal News Junkie

For your daily dose of litigation litany.

By John Austin

First and foremost, the ABA and the Section of Litigation provide the best publications and website content. The Trial Practice Committee has always maintained a vibrant website with content tailored to the civil litigator. However, legal news junkies may need a daily dose of litigation litany. Here are our top five (most free) legal news websites:

  1. The Legal Intelligencer
    The oldest law journal in the United States, The Legal Intelligencer delivers in-depth analysis and coverage of legal issues that go beyond the headlines. Coverage includes judgments and settlements, breaking news, job opportunities and legal notices. In addition to The Legal Intelligencer, law.com also has The American Law Journal, The National Law Journal and other publications it has subsumed.
  2. Jurist
    Jurist is a web-based legal news and real-time legal research service powered by a mostly-volunteer team of over law student reporters, editors and Web developers, in conjunction with the University of Pittsburg. Jurist uses the latest Internet technology to track important legal news stories and materials and present them rapidly and objectively in a format that is easy to peruse.
  3. JD Supra
    JDSupra.com relies mainly on content provided by large law firms, who reprint their articles for use on this website. The site has a number of subcategories covering most areas of the law. Most impressively, it provides users with updates and daily customizable digests.
  4. The Lexblog Network
    LexBlog grew from a small startup to a website with substantial content for the legal industry LexBlog has over 23,000 bloggers within its network, including over half of the nearly 1,000 blogs from the United States’ top 200 law firms, devoting itself to empowering a global network built around the company’s mission to provide real-time news and insights powered by the legal community.
  5. Reuters Legal
    This section of Reuters.com provides up to the minute coverage of national and international legal news. Since Reuters is a news organization, the articles focus more on lay aspects of cases, rather than practice pointers, court opinions and rule changes.

John Austin is with Austin Law Firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also serves as a cochair of the Section of Litigation's Trial Practice Committee.

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