CyTRAP BlogRank: Top 100 legal blogs

by Urs E. Gattiker on 2014/02/19 · 1 comment 5,359 views

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We address two issues for legal blogs:

  • Writing for the iPad judge.
  • How can lawyers master this challenge?

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Writing a brief for the iPad judge

Recently I came across a news entry on the Columbia Business Law Review, which states that:

“…a large and growing percentage of briefs are read on iPads.”

The authors also suggest that before writing a brief, it is advisable for lawyers to carefully consider the following:

“The rules of typography are simply different for a screen than for print.”

The entry suggests that if things are read online or on a screen, footnotes should be avoided. As well, fonts designed for screen reading are different from those designed for press printing. Only a select few, such as Arial, can be used for both print and screen.

Interesting reading: Writing for the iPad judge, How U.S. 5th Circuit judges read briefs

Legal blogs: Do they pass the iPad test?

So how well do lawyers do when writing online?

As the list below shows, some have been doing it for years, and no blogs from either the UK or Canada appear in the top 10.


CyTRAP BlogRank
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2014-02-17
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010  3 year
avg.
 4 year
avg.
Blog
1 7 14 7 5 3 3  www.lawblog.de  info Germany
2 4 5 5 2 1 2  www.patentlyo.com  info United States
3 9 60 23 42  hellinger.eu/blog/  info Germany
4 24 6 49 23 10 24  www.calblogofappeal.com  info United States
5 35 49 55  www.strafakte.de  info Germany
6 81 76 77  www.ip-blitz.com/  info United States
7 1 34 21 39 7 10  hotellaw.jmbm.com  info United States
8 21 12 9 47 14 11  wlflegalpulse.com  info United States
9 15 7 4 3 9 6  www.iphonejd.com  info United States
10 6 8 3 33 6 4  www.socialmediarecht.de  info Germany

Of note is the fact that the above rankings include more than just US blogs.

Five best Canadian legal blogs

Only two Canadian legal blogs have existed going back to 2010. The first ranking blog, tips.slaw.ca began in 2013 and has stormed through the ranks to the top for 2014.

CyTRAP BlogRank
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2014-02-17
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010  3 year
avg.
 4 year
avg.
Blog
1 25 24 26  tips.slaw.ca  info Canada
2 4 7 3 13  www.ontarioconstructionlaw.com  info Canada
3 3 19 16 2 11 14  www.slaw.ca  info Canada
4 7 3 15 4 10  www.thor.ca/blog/  info Canada
5 8 4 4 4 7 4  avoidaclaim.com  info Canada

Five best US legal blogs

With only one exception, the top five US legal blogs have managed to stay ranked within the the top five for the last five years.

CyTRAP BlogRank
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2014-02-17
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010  3 year
avg.
 4 year
avg.
Blog
1 3 2 2 1 1 1  www.patentlyo.com  info United States
2 8 3 21 10 5 10  www.calblogofappeal.com  info United States
3 34 30 30  www.ip-blitz.com/  info United States
4 1 12 7 17 3 5  hotellaw.jmbm.com  info United States
5 7 5 4 20 7 6  wlflegalpulse.com  info United States

Five best German legal blogs

With few exceptions, the list below indicates that German lawyers whose blogs are in the top rankings have been blogging for a while. Nevertheless, www.lawblog.de has ranked in the top three since 2010. Hats off!

CyTRAP BlogRank
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2014-02-17
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010  3 year
avg.
 4 year
avg.
Blog
1 2 3 3 1 1 1  www.lawblog.de  info Germany
2 3 7 6 6  hellinger.eu/blog/  info Germany
3 7 8 8  www.strafakte.de  info Germany
4 1 1 1 4 2 2  www.socialmediarecht.de  info Germany
5 6 4 5 5 5  www.disputeresolutiongermany.com  info Germany
6 4 2 2 2 3 3  www.ip-notiz.de  info Germany
7 5 6 4 3 4 4  www.usa-recht.de  info Germany
8 8 5 7 7  germanitlaw.com  info Germany

Bottom line

We don’t know how many judges at the Court of Justice of the European Union prefer reading submitted briefs online over paper, but the trend is clear. Increasingly, judges prefer to read submitted briefs online, requiring that they have no footnotes, and that the font be chosen carefully for online reading.

The same applies with online blogging. The structure of blog content and fonts used must be suitable for online reading. Not enabling commenting for online readers is, of course, also not a recommendable strategy.

Many in the legal field blog. Only a few manage the intricacies of online writing. Blogging is a good start to learning how to get it right for online reading. Certainly, the presiding judge will appreciate it when they read your next brief on an iPad. Get ready now, it pays!

By the way, there are  blog search engines such as Justia’s BlawgSearch. Unfortunately, many of the listed blogs have been inactive for months, if not years.

Source: CyTRAP BlogRank: Top 100 lawyer blogs

How does your favourite legal blog rank? What do you think, is it worth it for a lawyer to blog? Do you blog? Would you advise a lawyer to blog or not?
Please, leave a comment below.


Urs E. Gattiker, Ph.D. - CyTRAP Labs - ComMetrics.

The author: This post was written by social media marketing and strategy expert Urs E. Gattiker, DrKPI who also writes about issues that connect social media with compliance, and thrives on the challenge of measuring how it all affects your bottom line.

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