There is a lot to learn, even before you get started at law school. Fortunately, there is a virtually limitless number of pre-law blogs and websites that can help you learn about the trials and tribulations of law school; new developments in the law; tips on preparing for a successful legal practice; the challenges faced by woman and minorities in law school and the workplace; and topics of interest to those focused on a particular area of practice.
Although the blog or website that presents the best information in a format you find appealing is highly personal, there are a number of pre-law blogs and websites that are highly regarded by just about everyone. The following article provides a quick overview of some of these resources.
Planning for Law School
Before beginning your legal education, your primary legal interest will be choosing between law schools. Fortunately, there are resources focused on precisely this question. The most commonly cited authority for this is the U.S. News & World Report law school rankings.
Although this will provide some general insight into the reputation of individual schools and provides some limited analysis, you may want to learn more about what makes a law school "good" and the degree to which you are receiving value for the cost of your education. For a more detailed analysis the nonprofit organization Law School Transparency provides a more granular assessment of schools that includes statistics on bar passage, employment rates, admissions and enrollment statistics, cost of attendance, graduate salaries, and more.
However, choosing a law school is not the only issue facing future lawyers. There are several prominent blogs that can help you get a sense of law school and the legal world beyond. FindLaw's Greedy Associates blog covers attorney lifesyle from law school to career with everything in between with an approach that is both useful and entertaining. The American Bar Association has a blog dedicated to pre-law issues called Before the Bar and also maintains a blog directory. Another blog to consider perusing is the Law Professor Blogs Network, which hosts blogs written by law professors on a variety of legal issues and is a good place to start learning about how your professors think about and approach legal issues.
Special Interest Blogs
Not all law students face the same challenges or have the same perspective. Fortunately, some pre-law blogs and websites have attempted to develop resources for folks from communities that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession.
Women have had an increasing presence and influence in the law. As such, many pre-law blogs and websites such as The Girl's Guide to Law School and Ms. JD attempt to provide resources for women seeking a law degree and career.
Lawyers of color have also faced special challenges. Their viewpoint on legal education and practice is expressed in pre-law blogs and websites such as the National Conference of Black Lawyers, On Being a Lawyer of Color (and its sister sites, On Being a Black Lawyer and On Being a Hispanic Lawyer), and through Black Lawyers' Associations found in many states and urban centers.
Topic Specific Blogs
If you already know the area of practice you intend to focus on you may wish to seek out pre-law blogs and websites that focus on your interests. There are prominent blogs that focus on virtually every area of specialization, including environmental law (Legal Planet), sports law (Sports Law Blog and FindLaw's own Tarnished Twenty), the Supreme Court and constitutional law (SCOTUSblog), and virtually any other area of practice you can imagine.
Alternatively, you may not want to spend time on a pre-law blog or website that focuses on a single issue or aspect of the law. Aggregator sites such as Law School Lowdown or Legal Blog Watch can provide a less focused view of the legal profession that can help you learn more about which aspects of the law interest and excite you.
In addition to the resources previously listed, there is a wide variety of articles and blogs intended to assist you in your journey through your legal education and on into practice. FindLaw's Legal Blog Network provides links to legal blogs for consumers, students, and practitioners. You can also find articles covering issues concerning law students collected and updated regularly in FindLaw's Law Students section.