If you are studying law or you have just graduated, these sites will help you make the most of your young career.
Law school is hard. There are tons of forms, case studies, directions, and legal terms for you to absorb; Wouldn’t it be great if you could get help from the web?
Thankfully, you can. The web is packed with useful websites for law students. Here are some of the best that you should check out today.
Law.com is a holistic law site. It includes news, ratings, reports and strategies for anything related to legal practice.
Students, however, tend to find the most benefit in free law dictionaries. A physical copy of a legal dictionary can easily cost well over $50, so having a complete online dictionary available for free is a huge advantage for anyone practicing in this field.
You can search the dictionary by legal term or definition, making it easy to find what you’re looking for.
The Lawyer Portal is a holistic resource for current students and people who have recently graduated from their law studies.
It offers law firm insights, free guides, event listings, career tips, and even information on how you can study law in a foreign country.
The free guide is especially useful for people currently in law school. It covers topics such as “Legal Work Experience Guide”, “Training Contracts”, and “How to Enroll in a Legal Conversion Course”.
This site is an official partner of The Law Society.
Once you graduate from your law studies, the next challenge is finding a law firm to work with.
If legal drama has taught us anything, law firms are highly competitive. Getting into the right firm can make or break your legal career before it even begins. To make sure you only apply to the best law firms in the country, check out The Legal 500.
It reviews the relative strength of law firms for more than 150 legal jurisdictions worldwide and ranks them accordingly. Criteria include feedback from more than 300,000 clients, submissions from the company itself, and interviews with current employees. The site also has its own independent research team to ensure fairness.
Together with LexisNexis, Westlaw is one of the two leading legal databases in the world. Most universities and law schools have access to both sites.
Operated by Thomson Reuters, Westlaw is available in 60 countries and includes more than 40,000 individual databases covering everything from case law and administrative codes to legal reviews and treatises.
Unfortunately, if you don’t get free access through your school, it can be expensive. License is $89/month.
If you are in the UK and about to start studying law or have recently completed your law studies, make sure you visit the Student Chambers.
This site provides information on the law firm’s three main focuses, careers at The Bar, and how to find the right law school.
You can filter by firm, UK region or area of law to find the information you need.
Graduate law students in the US should take a look at the Harvard Law School Job Search Toolkit. This site is packed with resources for law scholars who are just taking their first steps into the workplace.
This includes guides on resumes and law-specific cover letters, a database of job boards, information on obtaining a security clearance before starting work, interview tips, and much more.
Justia is another extensive online database of case law and legal information. It offers free case law summaries and opinions, databases of US Federal Law (such as the Supreme Court and circuit and district courts), and databases of US State Law (including codes and constitutions).
If you are a law student, you will benefit from resources around law school information, admissions guides, financial aid, course outlines, and job search.
There are even tools for finding lawyers in specific fields. Options include bankruptcy, business, criminal, employment, estate planning, and personal injury attorney.
The Girl’s Guide to Law School (which is by no means limited to a female audience only) is a widely read blog devoted to law students in the US.
It covers a general litany of topics that affect students, such as which law school you should choose, how to stay in law school, how to choose a law study group, where to find summer law jobs, and more. Make sure you also take a look at the guide list. They include many useful job hunting tips.
Of course, being a law student is not just about absorbing new knowledge and navigating the difficulties of student life. You should also keep up to date with the latest developments in the field of law. Without context, all the hard-earned knowledge would mean very little.
One of the best legal news sites is Bloomberg Law. The site focuses on the US but includes some international commentary, mainly from America’s and Europe’s geographic neighbors.
The site also offers several legal themed podcasts (covering cases, taxes, legal news and more) as well as an extensive video section.
LawCareers.net is another job search site. It has an extensive search engine that includes more than 1,000 companies, 200 rooms, and 100 course providers. There’s also a weekly Q&A full of valuable insights and advice, interviews with law firm recruiters, an application deadline calendar, and a frequently updated blog.
If you decide to use this site, make sure you create an account. Within the portal are customizable areas that allow you to store information, track applications, save your favorite companies, and much more.
Don’t Forget Google Scholar
This site doesn’t specifically cater to the legal crowd, so you’ll need to do some filtering and implement smart keyword usage. However, if you don’t have access to a database like Westlaw, this is a viable alternative.