We encourage all kinds of people with something meaningful to say about law practice—practicing lawyers, legal service providers, innovators, and others—to write for Lawyerist by submitting pitches for us to review using the form below. But…
We will respond to legitimate pitches as quickly as we can.
The Kind of Pitches We Want
Lawyerist exists to help solo and small-firm lawyers to build sustainable law practices for the next 20 years and beyond. Our closest friends believe in client-centered services, future-oriented technology, and profit-oriented business models. They also—like us—have access to justice and inclusion among their core values. Generally speaking, they use The Small Firm Scorecard as a guide in their journey.
We publish words and videos and other things related to the practice of law that are useful or interesting to people who share our values. This is most certainly not limited to technology and marketing, despite those being very popular subjects on our pages. We also frequently cover things like ethics, goals, strategy, practice management, systems, marketing, finances, client services models, and a host of other law-adjacent subjects. Above all, we strive to publish unique, compelling content.
A good way to figure out what kind of pitches we want is to actually read the articles on Lawyerist. Just reading the most recent articles should give you a pretty good idea of the sort of thing we are looking for.
As for the pitch itself, give us a detailed summary of the article you intend to write for Lawyerist. A working title, the angle or your 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 decently detailed summary of the article you intend to write.
The Kind of Pitches We Don’t Want
- Marketing and sales are important. We welcome practicing lawyers’ thoughts on those topics (occasionally, anyway), and we are sometimes interested in posts about those topics from people that happen to sell marketing or sales services. We are not, however, interested in people trying to sell marketing or sales services under the guise of a “community” post. Which brings us to…
- We do not accept posts that are commercial or promotional in any way. Visit our advertising page if that is what you have in mind.
- We are not looking for recycled content. If you have already written something, we may consider it anyway, but we strongly prefer to get a pitch, not an already-finished article.
- We do not publish posts about specific practice areas, and we definitely do not publish generic, keyword-stuffed vomit like “Should Distracted Driving Have Greater Penalties?” or “The Emotional Side of Divorce: Taking Care of Your Heart.”
Finally, we do not want pitches that make it obvious you have not read this page.
The Quid Pro Quo
We have launched this new Community Voices platform for people outside our team to write for Lawyerist and share their best practices and advice. At the moment, these aren’t paid opportunities. Our external authors and contributors are bright, articulate, and have feelings that we do not (necessarily) share. We offer a platform for you to share your voice on our site and expect that will be useful to you in clarifying your thoughts, building your personal brand, or “paying it forward.”
We require copyright to your article when you write for Lawyerist so that the only place it will be available online and in full will be on Lawyerist. You are, of course, welcome to share excerpts of your post on your own blog or elsewhere online, with links back to the post on Lawyerist. 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 publishing 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.