Legal Journalist

Be the voice of truth and justice as a Legal Journalist.


A legal journalist is a writer or reporter who specializes in covering legal news, events, and trends and providing analysis and commentary on legal issues and the law's impact on society. Legal journalists often write for newspapers, magazines, websites, and other media outlets, and they may cover stories related to court cases, legislative developments, and changes in the legal profession. 

The goal of a legal journalist is to provide accurate and comprehensive coverage of the legal system and to help readers understand how the law affects their lives. Legal journalism is one of the fast-growing areas of journalism, overtaking more established areas. Journalism and law are both involved in legal journalism.


For Bachelor’s

  • The candidates must obtain a 50% overall grade-point average (CGPA) or higher to pass the 12th-grade exams.
  • The aspirants can enrol in LLB degree programs from an authorised institute or university.

For Masters

  • A Master's degree in LLM may be a good starting point for a career as a legal journalist.

Job Roles

Legal journalists often work in various roles, including:

  • Court reporter
  • Legal analyst
  • Investigative reporter
  • Freelance journalist
  • Legal editor
  • News anchor
  • Legal correspondent
  • Blogger

Employment Sector Jobs

Legal journalists can work in a variety of employment sectors, including:

  • News media
  • Legal publishing
  • Law firms
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Government agencies
  • Legal technology
  • Consultancy and research

Top Recruiters

The following are some of the top Legal Journalist recruiters:

  • The New York Times
  • Wall Street Journal
  • CNN, BBC, and Reuters
  • The American Lawyer, National Law Journal, and Law360.
  • Buzzfeed, Vox, and The Huffington Post
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and Sullivan & Cromwell
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Gartner 
  • Forrester
  • Harvard Law School
  • Yale Law School
  • Stanford Law School


The salary of a legal journalist can vary widely based on factors such as the company's size, location, experience, and specific job responsibilities. Here are some broad salary ranges for legal journalists:


Entry-level Legal Journalist

Approx 4 lakhs to 5 lakhs per year

Senior Legal Journalist

Approx 8 lakhs - 9 lakhs per annum

Top-level Legal Journalist

Approx 10 lakhs - 15 lakhs per annum


The scope of a legal journalist can include:

  • Reporting on legal proceedings and events
  • Providing analysis and commentary on legal issues
  • Investigative reporting
  • Writing about legal technology and innovation
  • Covering legislative and policy developments
  • Networking and building sources
  • Keeping up to date with legal developments


Here are some benefits of working as a legal journalist:

  • Opportunities for professional growth
  • Exposure to diverse and complex legal issues
  • Making a difference
  • Networking opportunities
  • High demand for quality legal journalism
  • Competitive compensation
  • Intellectual stimulation


Here are some potential drawbacks of working as a legal journalist:

  • Stressful and demanding work
  • Competition for stories
  • Ethical considerations
  • Potential for legal challenges
  • Required specialised knowledge
  • Long hours and irregular schedules
  • Job security concerns