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There's a lot to keep up with in the world of law these days. From our favorite law professors' TV law drama recommendations, to achieving happiness as a lawyer, to expert legal analysis of the week's news—here's a few of our legal podcast favorites right now.
Above the Law editors, Joe Patrice, Kathryn Rubino, and (sometimes) Elie Mystal, talk—and often debate—about the latest in the law. Lately, this is done in a casual, conversational format that often feels like a radio talk show, but in a good way. In recent weeks, they’ve been digging into updates and perspectives surrounding topics like the bar exam chaos and how COVID-19 continues to impact firms, law schools, legal recruiting, and virtually any aspect of day-to-day lawyer life.
Kathryn Rubino of Above the Law also hosts another series, The Jabot. Named after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's well-known accessory, the jabot, this series, "challenges women, people of color, LGBTQIA, and other diverse populations face in the legal industry." Her recent episodes address topics like the overlooked experiences of indigenous women in law, new diversity programs, and the impact of Black Lives Matter protests on BigLaw discourse.
The podcast’s host, Okeoma Moronu, started off the first years of her career in BigLaw. Over time, she realized that although she was successful, high-achieving, and checking off all the right boxes, she wasn’t exactly happy. In her episodes, Okema talks to folks in the legal industry about ways lawyers can actually find happiness, fulfillment, wealth, health and balance.
Speaking of happy lawyers, Okeoma is currently on a year-long sabbatical in Costa Rica with her family, so the show is on hiatus for the moment. But not to worry, she’s recorded 129 episodes so far, so there’s plenty of 'happy' to binge in the meantime. In one of our favorite conversations of the series, top divorce lawyer Marco Brown, talks about the concept of apex habits, and how this transformed his life.
If you’re interested in hearing substantive legal analysis and practice-related topics around current events, this is the podcast for you. Recently they’ve covered the nitty gritty of elections law, issues that criminal trial lawyers are facing due to COVID-19, and concerns about the census, bringing on a very impressive roster of legal scholars and other subject matter experts.
Renee Nicole Allen hosts the podcast, Laws Profs Are People Too, which is, quite simply, a podcast about the lives of law professors. Allen is an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing at St. John’s University School of Law, as well as a fun and engaging interviewer.
What we like most about this podcast is that it isn’t really so much about the law as it is about getting to know law professors, and maybe what it’s like to be one. Recently, Allen spoke with Leslie Y. Garfield Tenzer, professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Tenzor is also the host/producer of her own podcast, Law to Fact. She also happens to be a big fan of the TV show Better Things, and not so much a fan of the chat box during her Zoom lessons.
Aaron Street and Sam Glover host The Lawyerist podcast. Each weeks they sit down to speak about success, how legal thought leaders are looking at innovation, and with folks re-shaping the future of law. Listeners can hear topics on leadership and maternity leave issues, among other topics in their latest episodes. Although much of their content is useful for everyone, their discussions are centered around small firm lawyer audiences.
Wondery’s Legal Wars podcast is an entertaining storytelling series covering some of the most contentious and fascinating legal cases in American history. Over several episodes, actor, author and Harvard Law School graduate, Hill Harper, digs into the stories of Hogan v. Gawker, The Chicago 8, and an interesting copyright case involving a monkey and a camera. Did we mention that the podcast is narrated by Hill Harper?
Each month, Lee Rawles hosts enthralling chats with today’s leading legal book authors to discuss interesting legal theories, research, and events. Recently, she’s covered topics like prison reform, police abolition, the value of a trial jury, and succeeding in law school in the era of COVID-19.
You can also check out the first episode of The In Discovery Podcast here.