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Keeping Current

How to use journal alerts, RSS feeds, saved searches, and more to receive updates on the current literature in your research area

Introduction

Podcasts are a popular form of entertainment, but they’re also an incredibly popular way to learn. They are a convenient and effective way to consume content. Law podcasts can be an important educational tool to learn about case law, historical precedents, current legal events, and the everyday challenges lawyers face. We have curated list of legal podcasts. Pick the ones that interest you the most and make them a part of your educational routine.

Law School and Professional Development Podcasts

These podcasts are intended for a law student audience.

ABA Law Student Podcast
This podcast from the American Bar Association Law Student Division is a must-listen for all current law students and recent grads. This show covers everything from current court cases to practical advice on using your degree. There’s also a solid roster of inspiring interviewees who share their unique professional journeys in law, whether at a firm, in-house, or elsewhere.

CALI eLangdell
Over 70 different topics discussed and are categorized by 1L and upper-level topics.

Digging a Hole: A Legal Theory Podcast
Yale law profs Sam Moyn and David Schleicher interview legal scholars and dig into the debates heard inside law school halls.

How I Lawyer Podcast with Jonah Perlin
A podcast dedicated to learning about the legal profession by learning from the stories of those who do it. Each week the podcast interviews a lawyer about what they do, why they do it, and how they do it well.

I am the Law
Interview with law school graduates about their jobs. Learn about various practice areas and practice settings, recipes for success, and the biggest challenges lawyers face today. The hosts provoke guests to provide thoughtful, revealing answers that go beyond the surface responses students typically receive.

Ladies Who Law School
Recent law school grads Haylie Davis and Samantha Lemke describe their podcast as perfect for “everyone who ever thought ‘hmmm, maybe law school seems fun.’” They duo shares their own law school experiences helping other current and prospective students navigate their journey.

Law School Toolbox
This legal podcast takes an entertaining approach to conversations about law school, legal careers, and life. Each week, Alison Monahan and Lee Burgess, both law school and bar exam experts, share practical advice to help students navigate academic matters, careers, and more.

Lawyer Stories
A spinoff of the Instagram account with the same name, this upbeat and motivational podcast features different legal guests sharing their professional and personal journeys. Tune in to hear about all different forms of what success in law looks like.

Current Legal Events

These podcasts deal with current legal topics and may be useful for keeping current on the law and coming up with an idea for a journal article or seminar paper.

Bloomberg Law
Host June Grasso speaks with prominent attorneys and legal scholars, analyzing major legal issues and cases in the news.

Make No Law: The First Amendment Podcast
This podcast explores the background of important First Amendment cases and the personalities and history that led to them. Join Ken White, First Amendment litigator and law blogger at Popehat.com, as he interviews some of the people behind America’s most important free speech cases.

Opening Arguments
A podcast for people who want to form an opinion about a current legal topic but don’t yet have enough information to do so. It tackles relevant legal arguments and gives you the tools you need to understand the issue. Facts are presented in a neutral manner even though the hosts make their political views no secret.

Stay Tuned with Preet
Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara breaks down legal topics in the news and engages thought leaders in a podcast about power, policy, and justice.

Constitutional Law

Learn about the Constitution of the United States.

We the People
A weekly show of constitutional debate hosted by National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen where listeners can hear arguments on all sides of the constitutional issues at the center of American life.

What Roman Mars Can Learn About Con Law
Professor Elizabeth Joh helps an anxious Roman Mars make sense of the maelstrom of news by teaching us all constitutional law.

United States Supreme Court

These Supreme Court podcasts will keep you up-to-date on the current SCOTUS and will also give you a window into past courts.  

AMICUS
Slate writer Dahlia Lithwick hosts this legal podcast that centers on the nine Supreme Court justices. Lithwick highlights the extreme influence these nine individuals have over how U.S. laws are written, interpreted, and enforced. Episodes often feature politicians, professors, and legal professionals, who provide expert insight into Supreme Court issues.

Dissed
From the Pacific Legal Foundation, attorneys Anastasia Boden and Elizabeth Slattery dig deep into important dissents, both past, and present, and reveal the stories behind them.

Dissenting Opinions
By the Constitutional Law Institute at the University of Chicago Law School. Hosted by Will Baude, each episode will have top legal minds discuss a Supreme Court case they believe is misunderstood. This podcast also features special episodes with a "deep dive" into a legal topic.

Divided Argument
An unscheduled, unpredictable Supreme Court podcast. Hosted by Will Baude and Dan Epps.

More Perfect
A series about how the Supreme Court got so supreme.

Oyez US Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States, presented by Oyez, a multimedia judicial archive at the IllinoisTech Chicago-Kent College of Law.

SCOTUS 101
A Heritage Foundation podcast breaking down what's happening at the Supreme Court, what the justices are up to, and more.

Strict Scrutiny
A podcast focusing on the Supreme Court of the United States and its associated legal culture. The show is hosted by three women, Leah Litman, Kate Shaw, and Melissa Murray, who are three law professors. They have practiced before and write about the Court in their professional lives. They have a different voice, one that celebrates the contributions and opinions of women and people of color.

Supreme Myths
A podcast featuring the Supreme Court and Supreme Court cases. Hosted by Georgia State College of Law professor Eric Segall.

Legal Scholarship

Keep current on what is happening in the arena of legal scholarship. These podcasts may be a source for helpful tips and topics for your own scholarly writing. 

Ipse Dixit
Ipse Dixit is a podcast on legal scholarship. Each episode of Ipse Dixit features a different guest discussing their scholarship. The podcast also features several special series.

The Legal Academy with Orin Kerr
A podcast hosted by Professor Orin Kerr of the University of California, Berkeley Law School. It covers legal scholarship, the hiring market, teaching, and everything else that law professors care about. Every week features an interview with a leading law professor.

University of Wisconsin Law in Action
Monthly podcast featuring new or forthcoming scholarship from the University of Wisconsin Law School

The Yale Law Journal Podcast
The Yale Law Journal Podcast makes legal scholarship accessible to a broad audience. During each episode, they interview an author of a forthcoming or recently published piece in the Yale Law Journal about their work.

Other Podcasts of Import

Podcasts which focus on a broad range of topics. 

Advisory Opinions
From The Dispatch. Hosts David French and Sarah Isgur have a weekly conversation about the law, culture, and why it matters.

Boom! Lawyered
A weekly podcast where Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy break down the biggest cases and issues in the law, with a focus on reproductive and social justice.

Common Law
Sponsored by the University of Virginia School of Law, this podcast explores how law shapes society, how we shape law and why we should all care.

International Law Behind the Headlines (ASIL)
Hosted by Catherine Amirfar and Kal Raustiala, this podcast enlists today's top legal experts in tackling the international legal issues dominating today's headlines.

Lawfare
A weekly audio production of the Lawfare staff in cooperation with the Brookings Institution. Podcast episodes include interviews with policymakers, scholars, journalists, and analysts; events and panel discussions.

LGBT Bar NY Podcast
Features discussion concerning the latest legal news affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the U.S. and abroad. It includes interviews with LGBTQ lawyers, policy makers and activists.

Talking Legal Ed
Featuring legal educators who enjoy learning about new and innovative teaching approaches. They discuss cutting edge topics in the law. Get an inside look on how they incorporate them in to the classroom.

Technically Legal
Technically Legal is a legal tech and legal innovation podcast. Each episode interviews a legal “mover and shaker”–innovators in the legal industry and the legal tech field who are on the forefront of changes in the delivery and consumption of legal services. Guests discuss how they are implementing legal technology and innovation in their legal departments and law firms and how listeners can too. The podcast is hosted by Chad Main, an attorney and the founder of Percipient, a tech-enabled alternative legal services provider.

Women In The Law
A podcast mini-series from Law School Transparency. Through first-person narratives, thoughtful conversations, and synthesis of economic and social science research, this show empowers women and men to recognize and constructively address a range of workplace issues that negatively impact women, the organizations and firms they work for, the clients they represent, and the society we all live in. In addition to NPR-style episodes, LST conducts roundtable discussions among lawyers and experts about each of the show's themes.