Write for Lawyerist
We encourage all practicing lawyers and law professors with something meaningful to say about law practice to submit pitches for us to review using the form below. But …
Please read the rest of this page before you submit a pitch.
Then, please think through your pitch before submitting it. We want to see a well-thought-out pitch for a specific article, not a one-sentence summary of an idea. Do not submit a one-sentence idea — or a list of one-sentence ideas — for a post.
We will respond to pitches as quickly as we can.
What we are looking for
Lawyerist is an online magazine about law practice. We publish longer articles that contain information useful to or interesting to practicing lawyers. This is most certainly not limited to technology and marketing, although those are popular subjects on our pages. We also frequently cover things like ethics, legal writing, practice management, law school, and other subjects relevant to law practice. We strive to publish unique, compelling content.
We do assume you will be familiar with Lawyerist before you submit a pitch. Just reading the featured posts on the front page should give you an idea of the sort of articles and topics we are looking for.
As for the pitch itself, you should give us a detailed summary of the article you intend to write. A working title, your angle or thesis, and an outline of your post would be helpful, for example. Or a syllabus similar to what you might find on an academic paper. In other words, give us a fairly detailed summary of the article you intend to write.
If we accept your pitch, the finished product will need to be at least 1,800 words, although it should be longer if the subject merits it. This means your article should be an in-depth treatment of its subject matter.
What we are not looking for
- While we welcome practicing lawyers’ thoughts on marketing (occasionally, anyway), we are most definitely not interested in posts from people who are trying to sell marketing services, lawyers or not.
- We do not need any more posts on search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click advertising (including Google AdWords), web design, or similar topics. Our regular writers cover these topics quite well and thoroughly.
- We do not accept posts that are commercial or promotional in any way. Visit our advertising page for information about sponsored posts if that is what you have in mind.
- We are not looking for recycled content or “spec” work. If you have already written something, we may consider it, but we strongly prefer to get a pitch, not an already-finished article.
Finally, we are not looking for pitches that make it obvious you have not read this page.
What we pay and what we require in exchange
We pay $100 per published article.
We require copyright to your article, so that the only place it will be available online and in full will be on Lawyerist. You are, of course, welcome to share your post, with an excerpt, on your own blog or elsewhere online. We also give you a license to publish your article offline. This means you can distribute your article by email or bundle it with CLE materials, or do whatever else you like with it (except publish it online), as long as you mention Lawyerist.com as the original source.
If we accept your pitch, we will send you a copy of our contract to review.