ABA Journal - Legal Affairs Writer

ABA Chicago, 321 North Clark, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America Req #1077
Thursday, June 23, 2022
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The ABA Journal, the nation’s premiere legal affairs magazine, is seeking an experienced journalist for its print and online publications. We’re looking for someone with substantial experience covering the law and legal issues who can write engaging, compelling long form magazine stories as well as cover breaking news. Flexible work arrangements available. 

The job works with limited supervision in the development of story ideas and writes compelling legal affairs articles, features, and specialty pieces for the ABA Journal in both print and electronic formats.

Principal Duties/Job Responsibilities

-Authors legal affairs articles, features, and specialty pieces for publication in the ABA Journal.

-Conceives compelling and informational story ideas for the target audience of the ABA Journal.

-Conducts research, vets and interviews sources, conducts fact-checking to ensure accuracy of reporting and mitigation of risk.

-Conducts legal research for background and/or matters of current interest that affect the practice of law.

-Uses all appropriate editing skills and writing techniques to optimize near first-time, print ready materials.

-Conducts special projects on behalf of the ABA Journal.

Basic Qualifications & Interests

-A bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Business Administration, or pre-law from an accredited college or university.

-At least five years’ experience in reporting/writing published materials focused on legal affairs.

-Previous experience interviewing and vetting sources and ensuring the quality and correctness of articles in an appropriate journalistic format.

-Previous experience writing authoritative news and feature length stories on legal issues that translate complex legal issues into reader-friendly, journalistically appropriate narratives.

Preferred Qualifications & Interests

-Possession of a Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.

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Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $68,900.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $84,000.00
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
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  • ABA Chicago, 321 North Clark, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America