Justia is a lawyer directory that also provides free legal material such as state and federal statutes and federal court cases. It also has resources for law students. The lawyer directory offers both free and premium listings. Justia uses bar association information to create profiles for all lawyers in the United States. Those lawyers that pay a fee to claim their profile will also appear on the Legal Information Institute (LII) website.
“Karma.” Justia’s partner, the Legal Information Institute, is designed to promote open access to law. Because of that, it places a premium on promoting lawyers that support that open access. Lawyers can receive “karma credit” for providing free legal information via blogs and LII forums.
Premium placement opportunities. For an additional fee, lawyers can receive premium placement in Justia’s lawyer directory. Premium placements appear above the free listings in Justia. Premium members also can see their web traffic stats to see the number of profile impressions and pageviews. You also get an upgraded profile with an easy-to-use contact form, and competitor ads won’t appear on your profile.
Consumer resources. Justia and LII both rank high in Google searches for case names and similar legal research inquiries. They also maintain a searchable database of law blogs. For law students and prospective law students, there are course outlines and information about law schools. Justia also provides a number of databases that are valuable for both lawyers and laypeople, including product recalls, patents, and GAO reports.
A profile listing on Justia is free and is automatically created by Justia. Claiming the profile allows you to list your practice areas, fees, educational background, jurisdictions in which you are admitted, and awards received. You can also highlight publications, your website, social media presence, and office location. If you pay an additional fee, your profile will also appear on the LII website. Premium placement opportunities are also an additional fee, and you will need to contact Justia for an estimate.
Who Justia is For
Because the initial profile is created by Justia from bar association memberships, among other places, almost all attorneys will be automatically listed in its lawyer directory. Because the profile is free to claim, there is no reason not to use Justia at this level. The cross-listing with LII is likely valuable for lawyers that are interested in being known for increasing consumer access to the law.