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If you are interested in legal innovation, technology or the future of legal practice, these legal blogs are must-reads. From quick tips to improve your career as an in-house lawyer to building an in-depth understanding of evolving technologies like contract management software, there is a plethora of engaging thought leadership across the internet.

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We’ve curated some of the top sources for legal professionals wanting to get a headstart on the future of Law.

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Author: Farrah Motley, a commercial lawyer with experience in writing international supply agreements and helping Australian businesses to reduce legal risks

Legal Evolution

Summary

Legal Evolution is an online publication that focuses on the changing legal industry. Legal Evolution was founded in 2017 by Bill Henderson, Professor of Law and Stephen F. Burns Chair on the Legal Profession at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Why we love it

The writing on the Legal Evolution blog gives credence to the concept and practice of ‘legal innovation’ – a term that can feel fluffy and abstract. Editor Bill Henderson is one of the legal industry’s intellectual heavyweights.





His industry accolades include ABA Journal Legal Rebel (2009), National Law Journal 100 most influential lawyers in America (2013), and National Jurist most influential person in legal education (2014 and 2015).

Start here: ‘What is Legal Evolution (001)’ explains the core focus of the publication: “exploring whether well-drawn, specific examples of successful innovations are useful to those in the legal ecosystem trying to develop and implement solutions to similar technical problems.”

Prism Legal

Summary

Prism Legal contains almost 18 years of author Ron Friedman’s analysis of legal technology, Big Law business, knowledge management, legal outsourcing, and how lawyers can improve the way they practice and run their businesses.

Why we love it


Ron is now a full-time legal industry analyst at Gartner, and the blog’s invaluable insights have contributed to the proliferation of key progressive legal industry concepts and practices.

Start here: ‘The Rise of Legal Ops and What Comes Next’ explores the rise and maturation of Legal Operations through an interview with Steph Corey, of UpLevel Ops. It’s a great read for any in-house lawyers wanting to learn more about how legal operations can empower their legal function.

Legal Business World

Summary

Legal Business World (LBW) is a global knowledge and information network for legal industry professionals.

LBW supports the legal market by sharing knowledge, insights, and information on the business of law, the legal industry, legal delivery, the future market, and the development of the legal profession.

Why we love it

LBW is edited by a team of senior journalists who publish excellent articles from key legal industry leaders. We especially love the featured series from thought-leaders such as Ari Kaplan, Richard Stock and Mark A. Cohen.

Start here: ‘Helping Legal Teams Reimagine the Tech Toolkit’ is an insightful article featuring Ari Kaplan’s interview with fellow legal industry innovator Ab Saraswat.

Mark A Cohen’s Forbes Column

Summary

Mark A. Cohen is one of the legal industry’s foremost thought leaders on innovation, technology and the business of law. His regular contributions to Forbe’s’ online are must-reads for legal professionals.

Why we love it

Mark eloquently covers contemporary legal market issues from the unique perspective of having been a ‘bet the company trial lawyer,’ the youngest partner in his law firm’s history, a university lecturer and distinguished fellow, and now a legal business consultancy principal.

Start here: ‘Covid-19 is Transforming The Legal Industry’ is an excellent summary of the challenges presented by Covid-19 and the potential implications of these challenges for legal practice.

Lawyers Weekly’s Corporate Counsel Feed

Summary

From legal industry news to featured opinion pieces, Lawyers Weekly’s Corporate Counsel Feed is easily one of the best in-house-specific online publications.

Why we love it

Senior Editor Jerome Dorisamy consistently produces a prodigious amount of quality content and has a real talent for featuring unique voices in the industry.

Start here: Jump right into the front page of the Corporate Counsel Feed on a regular basis to stay up-to-date with the latest news.

Harvard Law School’s The Practice

Summary

From the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession comes a unique digital publication highlighting the most critical topics and issues facing the global legal profession: The Practice.

Why we love it

The Practice is, without a doubt, one of the highest quality legal industry publications. It covers a wide range of topics, from specific areas of legal practice to macro legal industry issues. The Practice is a must-read if you want to quickly become a better legal industry professional.



Start here: Adaptive Innovation was the January/February 2019 issue of The Practice and contains classic articles such as The Marketplace of Ideas and Adaptive Innovation. If you’re remotely interested in technology, new legal business models or the future of law – this is a great place to start.

Above the Law

Summary

Published by Breaking Media, Above the Law takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of law. The site provides news and insights about the profession’s most colorful personalities and powerful institutions, as well as original commentary on breaking legal developments.

Why we love it



Above the Law remains the go-to option when it comes to in-house blog reading. They run a neatly designed site with well-contextualised material that’s comprehensive across the legal landscape.

Start here: Thought-leader Olga V Mack’s article ‘The Three Keys to In-house Counsel’ is a quick, practical read for in-house lawyers wanting to upgrade their work.

The Contracts Guy

Summary

Contracts are the connective tissue that glues a business together, and for those in private practice, they’re typically the closest you get to the operational life of a company.





TheContractsGuy is both a person and a blog, the latter is a forum for engaging in a discussion of issues involving the legal aspects of contracts and the process of contracting, as well as the business of law. 

Why we love it

TheContractsGuy is a useful resource for inside and outside corporate counsel, as well as business people who are engaged in contracting on behalf of their companies.

Start here: Check out new articles published regularly on the homepage, or subscribe for updates. 

Farrah Motley | Legal Principal

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