Above the Law (website)

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Above the Law (often abbreviated ATL) is a news website about law, law schools, and the legal profession.[1] Established in 2006, the site is owned and published by Breaking Media.[2]

The site has been sourced by GQ, The American Lawyer, Forbes, Washingtonian, and Gawker, among others.[3][4][5][6][7] In 2008, it was listed as one of the ABA Journal's "100 Best Web Sites by Lawyers, for Lawyers".[8]

The site began publishing an annual law school ranking in 2013.[9]

As of 2016, David Lat; Elie Mystal, Staci Zaretsky, Joe Patrice and Kathryn Rubino make up the publication's editorial staff, joined by a number of columnists from across the legal landscape.[2]


In 2011 Above the Law was sued for $50 million for an erroneous story about a rape to which one of its articles linked; the lawsuit was ultimately settled out of court.[10][11]

In 2016, Above the Law received criticism from conservative publications when its Breaking Media Editor At Large, Elie Mystal, wrote an article suggesting that jury nullification could be used by jurors as a form of protest.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18]


  1. ^ Sullivan, Casey (12 April 2016). "Above the Law Scraps Comments Section, Points to Media Shift". Bloomberg. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "About". Above the Law. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Yes, This Libertarian Senate Candidate Really Did Sacrifice a Goat and Drink Its Blood". GQ. 6 October 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Baxter, Brian (19 June 2016). "More Firms Jump on Cravath Pay Scale, as S&C Beats Top End". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Smith, Harrison (22 May 2015). "Meet the Musicians Who Are Driving Skadden, Arps Bonkers". Washingtonian. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Cush, Andy (22 February 2016). "Georgetown Campus Conservatives “Traumatized” Over Scalia Reply-All Email Apocalypse". Gawker. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Adams, Susan (6 October 2015). "The Best Law Schools For Career Prospects 2016". Forbes. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "The 2008 ABA Journal Blawg 100". AbaJournal.com. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ Kaufman, Alexander (1 May 2013). "AboveTheLaw.com Rolls Out Its Own Law School Ranking". AdWeek. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Sehgal, Ujala (11 May 2011). "Legal Blog ‘Above The Law’ Sued for $50 Million Over Rape Story". AdWeek. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  11. ^ Randles, Jonathan. "Gawker Allows Atty's Defamation Appeal To Proceed". Law360. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  12. ^ Richardson, Bradford (December 8, 2016). "Lawyer: Black jurors should refuse to convict black people accused of murdering white people". The Washington Times. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Black Lives Matter’s Elie Mystal Makes Wild Demands Against Whites". Blue Lives Matter. December 9, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  14. ^ Feinstein, Amy (December 8, 2016). "Op-ed says black jurors should acquit all black suspects charged with crimes against whites". Inquisitr. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  15. ^ Bedard, Paul (December 8, 2016). "Black lawyer: Free anyone charged with murdering whites". Washington Examiner. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  16. ^ Huston, Warner (December 8, 2016). "Black Lawyer Calls on Black Jurors to Vote ‘Innocent’ for Any Black Person Accused of Murdering a White Person". Breitbart. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  17. ^ Caruso, Justin (December 9, 2016). "Don’t Punish Anyone Who Kills, Assaults, Or Robs White Men, Editorial Argues". Daily Caller. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  18. ^ Kelly, Megyn (December 8, 2016). "Black Lawyer Calls On Black Jurors To Acquit Black Criminals Who Murder Whites". MegynKelly.com. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 

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