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Top Legal Podcasts

by Nathan Morris

on 21 March, 2018

With the growing popularity of podcasts, an entire genre of law-related podcasts have sprung up to provide entertainment, information, and education in the area of law. Podcasts have become a valuable resource for lawyers to stay up-to-date on legal trends, cases, and laws, as well as find information on running a successful firm.

You may find that a tidbit you learned from the latest podcast provides you with just the tip you need to pursue a new direction in a particularly difficult case. You may find yourself laughing along as you listen knowingly to the stories of struggles told by lawyers like you. During your daily commute or while you’re doing tasks at home, try filling the time with some of these law-related podcast recommendations:

New! – The Filevine Fireside

Join us as we sit down with the country’s best attorneys to talk about their processes and practices, as well as their outlook on the always-changing legal landscape. New episodes every Friday!

ABA Journal: Modern Law Library

Modern Law Library features top legal authors and discussions of interesting legal theories and historical events. You won’t need an ABA membership to listen.

Bloomberg Law Podcast

Hosts June Grasso and Michael Best speak with prominent attorneys and legal scholars, analyzing major legal issues and cases in the news. The show examines all aspects of the legal profession, from intellectual property to criminal law, from bankruptcy to securities law.

I am the Law

I Am The Law is a podcast produced by Law School Transparency. I Am the Law interviews law school graduates to convey what the practice of law is really like. By shedding a light on real jobs they hope to help listeners make better law school choices, improve their job search process, and find better satisfaction in their jobs.

The Lawyerist Podcast

A weekly podcast about lawyering and law practice hosted by Sam Glover and Aaron Street. Their conversations with successful lawyers and interesting people cover innovative business models, marketing, legal technology, ethics, and starting a law firm (and whenever possible, robots).

Legal Talk Network

Legal Talk Network is an online media network for legal professionals. Highlighting important issues and information in a talk show format, the podcasts featured on Legal Talk Network are hosted by leading professionals in the legal industry and feature high profile guests who share their experience and expertise.

The Legal Talk Network podcasts can be listened to on your podcast app of choice, or on the Legal Talk Network app, available for iPhone and Android phones. Legal Talk Network podcasts include:

Lawyer 2 Lawyer:

Lawyer 2 Lawyer is the longest continuously running legal podcast and has produced about 500 shows. J. Craig Williams and Robert Ambrogi are top law bloggers that together host Lawyer2Lawyer. They bring us their (sometimes opposing) views on a variety of hot legal topics from across the country. Williams, specializes in civil and business criminal cases that involve complex business lawsuits, contract actions and environmental issues. Ambrogi represents clients at the intersection of law, media and technology. Lawyer 2 Lawyer was named #1 on the ABA Journal’s list of the 5 Most Essential Podcasts for Law Firm Professionals.

Kennedy-Mighell Report

Hosted by legal technologists Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell, the Kennedy-Mighell Report helps attorneys see the benefits of technology in terms of interacting with clients and managing a successful firm.

Legal Toolkit

Hosted by Heidi Alexander and Jared Correia, Legal Toolkit invites the top lawyers in the industry to discuss the services, ideas, and programs that have improved their practices.

New Solo

New Solo provides insight on transitioning from a law firm to a solo practice and answers questions that many have regarding all phases of a solo career. Hosted by Adriana Linares.

The Digital Edge

This monthly podcast hosted by Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and Jim Calloway, discusses the latest in legal technology news and provides legal professionals the tips and tools that are needed to be successful.


 

From the story-driven side of law, several law-related podcasts have risen to broad popularity, and provide both entertainment and a new perspective to those in the legal profession. These include:

Serial

The first season of the wildly popular podcast “Serial” digs deep into a 15-year-old murder case in Maryland, in which Adnan Syed was convicted to a life sentence as a teenager of strangling his ex-girlfriend and high school classmate, Hae Min Lee. The podcast tracks the compelling case by exploring the legal system from different perspectives, interviewing key players, including Syed and the director of The Innocence Project, and taking excerpts from the trial and police interrogations.

Life of the Law

Rather than delving into technical discussions of the workings of law, Life of the Law explores the relationship of law to American culture and society by documenting how legal concepts affect individual lives and cases.

Thinking Like a Lawyer – Above the Law

Thinking Like A Lawyer features Elie Mystal and Joe Patrice from the popular blog Above the Law and is featured on the podcast network Legal News Network (noted above). Each episode, the hosts explore a general topic through the prism of a legal framework. This brings you through entertaining topics like the legal aspects of life in the Marvel comic universe.

Ted Talks – Law

A collection of Ted Talks related to the topic of law.


 

Several legal podcasts cover specific areas of law, led by experts in the field. These include:

Finnegan IP Law Podcast Series

Finnegan is one of the largest IP law firms in the world. The Finnegan podcast series covers the latest developments in patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation.

Center for Internet and Society

How will new technologies affect our free speech, privacy, scientific inquiry and more? This blog, which comes out of a program at Stanford Law School, addresses the big questions of technology and the law by collaborating with scholars, academics, legislators, programmers, and other experts.

This Week in Law

Denise Howell, legal blogger and trained attorney, and co-host Sarah Pearson discuss breaking issues in technology law, including patents, copyrights, and more.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast

Entertainment law news, analysis, and commentary by lawyers for lawyers and other professionals in the entertainment industry.

The Paralegal Voice

The Paralegal Voice covers issues and trends in the world of paralegals and legal assistants, from career tips and tactics to writing skills and hiring trends.


 

Several podcasts track and explain current and past U.S. Supreme Court cases. A few of the best include:

Amicus

Slate’s podcast series examines U.S. Supreme Court cases with its host, Dahlia Lithwick, a courts reporter for the online magazine. She interviews lawyers, law professors and prominent legal experts, including attorneys who have argued before the court. The podcast is accessible for lawyer and layperson alike.

Supreme Podcast

Each week Supreme Podcast provides up-to-date coverage of the most recent cases and decisions before SCOTUS, discussing the Supreme Court’s most recent grants and denials of certiorari, orders, opinions, oral arguments and constitutional jurisprudence. The podcast also presents in-depth special reports on the justices, important constitutional rights and the most controversial legal issues of our time (e.g. Abortion, Affirmative Action, Gay Rights, Women’s Rights, Privacy, Campaign Finance, Same-Sex Marriage, Patent Law, Criminal Law and First Amendment Law).

Oyez

And for SCOTUS Super Nerds, the Oyez podcast provides access to recordings of past oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.

More Perfect

This spin-off series from the popular podcast Radiolab explores how Supreme Court decisions affect all aspects of our daily life. This deep dive into legal theory is presented in engaging, accessible terms–and is full of surprising cultural connections.

New law-related podcasts crop up every week, so keep an eye out for the latest and greatest.