Thursday, August 26, 2021

Resources for Legal News

Legal matters seem to generate an avalanche of headlines every day, in both mainstream and specialized publications. How can a reader possibly keep up with the latest news? A few well-chosen RSS feeds and/or browser bookmarks may help, such as from the recommended legal news resources below.

  • The ABA Journal website provides recent news stories from the American Bar Association, as well as articles and issues of its monthly print and digital magazine. (Back issues and articles can also be found in a number of third-party databases.)
  • State and local bar association journals are another good source to keep up with legal developments in a particular jurisdiction. Many titles are available online, though often only to association members; the Duke community can access many titles through HeinOnline's Bar Journal Library.
  • and are two popular legal news sources. The full text of articles on their websites can be accessed directly from within the Law School's IP range; current members of the Duke Law community can also access content from both sources on Lexis under the Legal News content type (ALM Media for and Law360, respectively).
  • Bloomberg Law News includes analysis and commentary on a variety of topics, including the popular U.S. Law Week. To access available topics and titles, follow the path News & Analysis > Bloomberg Law News.
  • Legal blogs are another source for the latest law-related news. The Goodson Law Library's Legal Blogs page rounds up some links to search engines and directories, including Justia BlawgSearch. Westlaw includes the full text of selected law blogs under News > Blogs.

The Duke Law community has access to several general news group subscriptions as well, including,, and the Wall Street Journal. For sign-up instructions, visit Legal Databases & Links and review the information underneath each title. Electronic access to other legal and non-legal news publications will be linked in the E-Journals Search for a particular title. For help with accessing any of the resources listed here, be sure to Ask a Librarian.