From the educational, to the entertaining, to the absurd... here are the top 10 podcasts for law students
Research indicates that downtime is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body. This revelation is why we published articles advocating the top 10 movies for law students and the top 10 books for law students.
But we also know those busy law students are reluctant to kick off their shoes and put on a movie or crack open a book. The best we can probably hope for is that you’ll give your brain a little entertainment while completing the tasks you need to get done in between classes and studying. With that in mind, let’s look at the top 10 podcasts for law students.
Whether you’re making dinner, taking the bus to class, or walking home from the library long after the sun has gone down, these law-related podcasts make good company.
1. Technically Legal
Technology is undoubtedly changing the legal profession. As a law student, you’re the future of the law. These 2 facts make Technically Legal the perfect podcast for law students.
Hosted by attorney Chad Martin, Technically Legal is a podcast about legal tech, legal innovation, and the impact of tech on the law and legal industry.
To give you an idea of the topics covered, one episode features blockchain lawyer Lewis Cohen discussing the current state of the crypto industry and the evolving legal implications of blockchain technology.
Where to find it: You can stream Technically Legal on the podcast’s website, as well as on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
2. ABA Law Student Podcast
If you’re not already familiar with the American Bar Association (ABA), you will be before you graduate. The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the nation.
The ABA Law Student Podcast is a podcast presented by the ABA’s Law Student Division. The podcast covers issues that affect law students, law schools, and recent law graduates. From finals and graduation to the bar exam and finding a job, the ABA Law Student Podcast is meant to be like a wise older sibling shepherding you through the process of becoming an attorney.
Where to find it: You can stream the ABA Law Student Podcast on the podcast’s website, as well as on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Stitcher.
3. Ladies Who Law School
The 2 women behind the Ladies Who Law School podcast understand that sharing first-hand experiences can help make law school less scary. Whether you’re contemplating law school or firmly entrenched, the episodes are sure to resonate.
Where to find it: You can stream Ladies Who Law School on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. In addition, you can find Ladies who Law School merchandise on their website.
4. Law School Toolbox
Similar to the ABA Law Student Podcast, the Law School Toolbox aims to educate law students about law school, the bar exam, and the numerous legal careers available to students.
Hosted by law school and bar exam experts Alison Monahan and Lee Burgess, the podcast prides itself on offering practical tips every week that you can implement as a law student.
Where to find it: You can stream the Law School Toolbox on the podcast’s website, as well as on Apple Podcasts.
5. Heels of Justice
Heels of Justice might not offer as many practical tips as some of the other podcasts on this list, but it just might be the podcast that inspires you to actually graduate.
In each episode, hosts Sarita Venkat and Katherine Minarik share the story of a trailblazing female attorney. As the podcast’s website explains: “These are the tales of fierce advocates in courtrooms and boardrooms, in government and politics, women who get deals done and pave the way for the rest of us. Join us as we learn a bit about the law and a lot about how one woman can make a difference.”
Where to find it: You can stream the Heels of Justice on the podcast’s website.
The United States Supreme Court is the pinnacle of the American Justice System. In Amicus, Slate writer Dahlia Lithwick does a deep dive on the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court justices who interpret the law for America.
Where to find it: You can stream Amicus on the podcast’s website, as well as on Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts.
7. Legal Wars
To say that Legal Wars is an intense podcast is to put it lightly.
Based on extensive interviews and court transcripts, Legal Wars drops you inside the jury box of some of the most famous court cases in American history. Wish you were there to watch the Rodney King trial unfold? Harvard Law School graduate and actor Hill Harper will make you think you’ve discovered how to time travel.
Where to find it: You can stream Legal Wars on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Wondery.
Serial is the podcast that took listeners by storm in 2014 (the podcast has been downloaded more than 1 billion times) and inspired a whole generation of podcasters.
Although not strictly a legal podcast, the law features heavily in all 3 seasons. Season 1 investigates the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, an 18-year-old student at Woodlawn High School. Season 2 focuses on Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier charged with desertion. Season 3 explores cases within the Justice Center Complex in Cleveland, Ohio.
Where to find it: You can stream Serial on the podcast’s website, as well as on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Stitcher, and RadioPublic.
9. Legally Judgy
TextLaw students spend a lot of time reading about obscure cases that no one outside of the legal industry has heard about. The consequence of this is that law students are rarely the life of the party. But all of that can change if you start listening to Legally Judgy!
Legally Judgy delves into the hottest legal issues in pop culture, from celebrity lawsuits to stars dodging the law. Finally, you can talk about the law without people’s eyes glazing over.
Where to find it: You can stream Legally Judgy on the podcast’s website, as well as on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
10. Judge John Hodgman
We’ve saved the most light-hearted offering for last.
Many people know John Hodgman from his stint on the Daily Show, but did you know that the comedian has since created a successful podcast?
In each episode of Judge John Hodgman, John hears and renders a judgment on a petty dispute between 2 real people calling in via Skype. For example, John recently ruled on whether you can force someone to stop using your childhood nickname.
Where to find it: You can stream Judge John Hodgman on the podcast’s website, as well as on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify.