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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]

Above the Law
Type of site
Trade news website
Available inEnglish
OwnerBreaking Media Edit this at Wikidata
Launched2006; 13 years ago (2006)


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 many publications when its Breaking Media Editor at Large, Elie Mystal, wrote an article suggesting that jury nullification of crimes by African Americans against whites could be used by jurors as a form of protest.[12][13][14][15]


  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". Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  9. ^ Kaufman, Alexander (1 May 2013). " 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. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Bedard, Paul (December 8, 2016). "Black lawyer: Free anyone charged with murdering whites". Washington Examiner. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  15. ^ "Black Lives Matter's Elie Mystal Makes Wild Demands Against Whites". Blue Lives Matter. December 9, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2016.

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