Blogs (named for "web logs") have grown increasingly popular in recent years. The legal community, in particular, has taken advantage of the blog format as a way to quickly disseminate legal news. Legal blogs (also known as "blawgs") can be located through the following links.
- ABA Journal Blawg Directory: Topical directory of legal blogs, with results sortable by "most popular".
- Legal Blawgs by Topic (Law Library of Congress): Provides bibliographic info as well as archives back to 2007 for more than 100 law-related blogs on a variety of topics.
- MyHq Blawgs: Large list of links to legal blogs, organized by categories such as "Lawyers" and "Law Professors", as well as geographical listings. The "New Blawgs" section is particularly useful.
- Taxonomy of Legal Blogs: Topical organization of links to law-related blogs into numerous categories including: law firm blogs, law professor blogs, judge blogs, case blogs, statute blogs, trial blogs, news blogs and humor blogs.
Blog Search Engines
- BlawgSearch: Indexes the content of more than 1,000 legal blogs ("blawgs").
- Google BlogSearch: Allows simple and advanced keyword searching of blogs.
- Technorati: The largest blog search engine on the Web, Technorati indexes the content of approximately 84 million blogs. Since many of these are non-legal in nature, using the tags "blawg", "law blog" or "legal blog" in your search may be helpful.
If you are interested in joining the "blawgosphere" (universe of legal bloggers), there are a number of host sites which offer easy, and often free, set-up of blogs. Some of the most popular hosts are:
For more information about starting your own "blawg", see the American Bar Association article "Join the Blawg Bandwagon" (originally published in Student Lawyer magazine, Dec. 2004; current Duke NetID required for access).
Last updated 09/2013 mpm