Law school draws people who are both highly motivated and inclined to use their reading and research abilities to achieve their goals. As such, it is no wonder that there is a wide array of publications for law students. Journals, magazines, and books offer law students guidance and advice or cover topics of interest. You'll be spending most of your time handling your required reading, so the following article provides an overview of some popular publications for law students to help determine which might be helpful to you.
Publications for Students
The American Bar Association (ABA) produces Student Lawyer Magazine, a quarterly online magazine that is intended for law student audiences. Each issue is built around a concept and includes articles that discuss careers, legal education, advice for succeeding at law school, and other topics of interest to law students. A subscription is included in the ABA law student membership. Non-members can subscribe for $25 a year.
Cypress Magazines publishes two quarterly magazines targeting law and pre-law students. The National Jurist focuses on legal education and associated topics and issues and has been in print since 1991. Its sibling publication, preLaw magazine is targeted toward prospective law students, though its articles may also interest a current student. Digital editions of these magazines are free. A yearlong subscription to the print edition costs $20 per publication.
Publications by Students
In addition to the publications that are produced for consumption by law students there are journals and magazines produced at nearly every law school. Since these publications are produced by law students they frequently include material that directly addresses their concerns.
Law journals are typically focused on a particular area or aspect of the law, however; and unless they are intended for consumption by the student body specifically, the articles may not address many of the issues that are most interesting to you.
There are a number of publications that, while not specifically intended for law students, can be valuable resources. Many of the publications intended for lawyers include articles about legal study and practice that will be useful for students. Popular publications include:
Many students also find it valuable to include some light reading in serious, but non-legal, publications such as The Economist, Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones, the National Review or other journals focused on politics and economics. While these publications won't likely discuss finding your first law job or how to pass the bar, they will help inform your studies. Remaining aware of political and economic issues can help improve your employability and offer opportunities to observe the legal principles you are studying as they play out in the world. Exploring business and political issues may also reveal a passion that can help direct your study.
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