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Blog Guidelines

Before the Bar Blog guidelines


Bringing together a diversity of opinions, experiences and voices from people associated with the law anywhere in the world (but primarily, the 50 states). The content will be targeted to law students, current, past and future.

Size of blog posts

Roughly 1,000 words. Give or take 200. What this means is if a writer has a thought that can be done in 500, then that’s fine. If it deserves a slightly longer treatment, it can go longer.

Selected articles may also run in the print edition of Student Lawyer magazine.

Content Checklist

Each post runs with an author box that features the following:

  • Bio (50 words)
  • Head shot or logo (if the author is an organization or company)
  • Social media links (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, personal site)

This is the space where you can tell readers about yourself and the things that you do.


Conversational. Not academic. Write as though you’re talking to a student directly. No footnotes, we can link out if we want to refer to source information.


We’ve put together a list of high-level topics that we’re looking for, in case you’re not sure that to write about. These fall primarily under our Law School Essentials, topics that touch each law student as they progress from pre-law through graduation, passing the bar exam, and starting their professional career.

We have a veritably unlimited set of interests, as long as whatever it is pertains to law or students or life as a lawyer. We will not assign topics, but we may occasionally suggest one based on initiatives, calendar holidays or a particular focus of the blog. Examples would be Pro Bono Week, graduation, mental health awareness, etc. See the list for more ideas.

Many authors work with legal technology products they would like to introduce to students. You may talk about your product in the context of a general interest topic in a guest post. The product should not be the focus of a guest post. If you would like to focus on your product, we do offer paid guest post options.


Our audience is law students and not the consumer audience or potential clients for your organization. For example, we are looking for “how to be a DUI lawyer” – not “how to beat a DUI conviction.” (Not that we get repeat pitches on one particular topic or anything.)

Supplemental content

Photos are great to share along with the posts if you have photos that relate to you or your subject. We also encourage you to suggest an image from iStock to go along with your post.

Charts, graphs or other visuals can be included. We also can post webinars, slideshares, Google Hangouts, videos and more. For events that we add to the calendar, we’d love for an organizer or panelist to tell students why they should go, not just the description of the event.


Up to the author. They can write once, monthly, occasionally. We like to keep things to those classifications to spread things out among authors. But if someone really wants more than once a month, we can work with that. We don’t want the blog dominated by one author.


Text of articles published in Student Lawyer magazine may be reprinted with permission and provided the following attribution is given to the magazine.

“©[Year] Published in [Publication Title], [MM/YY of Publication] [direct link to full article on], by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.”

You may not use graphics and images that run with the articles. Blog posts may not be reprinted without permission of both the ABA Law Student Division and the author of the post.

Contact Info

To inquire about sending a post or for more information about the blog, contact web editor Adam Music.


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