As an independent non-profit performing a public service, JURIST relies on the contributions of our readers - people like you - who benefit from the unique mix of serious legal news and commentary that JURIST and its law student staffers provide 365 days of the year, for free.
We hope you’ll consider giving now to help JURIST pursue its public service mission for years to come.Why support JURIST?
Traditionally, legal information, whether in the form of news, expert commentary or even original source documents, has been provided at a cost. Some services sell ads. Some require registration or even purchase of subscriptions. There is nothing inherently wrong with these approaches, but they simply do not coexist with JURIST's core mission.
We believe we can educate and empower more people by eliminating traditional barriers to legal information. That means no subscriptions, no registrations and no advertising. Instead, we depend on the support of people like you that use and believe in JURIST.
JURIST is the world's only law school-based comprehensive legal news service. JURIST highlights legal issues and areas that may get left out of legal news coverage in mainstream media. JURIST pays particular attention to emerging global legal issues and less visible domestic developments in the US.
JURIST provides its readers with the primary source materials and contextual information that will enable them to form their own opinions about serious legal developments affecting their lives. JURIST serves its audience by providing hard facts and expert analysis in an ad-free environment with no subscription necessary. JURIST reaches hundreds of thousands of readers every month through our website, our RSS feeds, our email list, plus our Facebook and Twitter social media services.
JURIST began in 1996 as the individual effort of Professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. While we continue to benefit from Pitt Law’s support and Professor Hibbitts’ vision and direction, JURIST has since become an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit with more than 60 student staff volunteers, two professional staff members, and an interested and engaged board of directors.
At JURIST, we document law to empower people and educate the world.
The Internet is our virtual classroom, allowing us to reach hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Our legal news and commentaries make up our daily syllabus, our guide to the critical legal issues of the day.
But educating our audience is only half the story. JURIST's staff includes over 60 law student volunteers. These students not only learn about the events that they cover, but also develop and practice research and writing skills that meet the needs of the 21st century. JURIST students learn to write fluidly, accurately and concisely on potentially unfamiliar topics and under extremely short deadlines. They also learn the value of service to the community at large, as they often spend as much or more time working to further JURIST’s mission as they do any other activity in law school. Ultimately, when our students enter practice, we believe that these skills benefit their clients, colleagues and the bench. In this way, JURIST prepares these students to be better lawyers and, hopefully, improves the practice of law itself.
JURIST is a non-profit corporation, registered as a charitable purpose under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. As such, contributions to JURIST are generally deductible for federal income tax purposes for US tax payers. Supporters outside the United States should seek local tax advice, but of course all contributions are welcome!
JURIST is transitioning from an academic organization with a small number of institutional contributors to an independent and self-sustaining non-profit. Our primary benefactors have done much to move JURIST from one law professor’s hobby to the wide-reaching service it is today. But JURIST still operates on very lean budget. We need your help to ensure that JURIST has the resources necessary to continue its mission as these early benefactors begin to draw down their support.
Specifically, JURIST needs funds to:
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- Redesign the JURIST.org website
- Fully develop a mobile version of JURIST.org, as well as iPhone and Android apps
- Develop new programming, including audio and video coverage, seminars and conferences that will directly benefit our community
- Cover costs associated with managing our law student staff, such as development of staff manuals, training materials, and even the occasional pizza for our hard-working law students
- Increase outreach efforts to JURIST's audience
- Establish an emergency reserve to cope with technical crises in a timely fashion
- Add professional staff support for JURIST's Commentary
- Add professional technical support
- Ensure continued funding for JURIST's existing professional staff
In the last year, JURIST:
- Produced new content every day of the year
- Published over 2,600 news stories, 315 expert commentaries, and 7 special features at JURIST.org
- Reached more than 400,000 readers in 195 countries and all 50 US states
- Hired and trained more than 25 new students, pushing our total number of staffers above sixty (60)
- Maintained two professional staff positions