Community.lawyer Commons

Practical know-how — for lawyers, by lawyers

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The Community.lawyer Commons is a place where lawyers across the country can buy, sell, and share practical resources — from checklists and model pleadings to how-to guides and practice manuals. By coming together to share knowledge, the legal profession can save time spent on duplicative research and drafting and provide more people with the quality legal help they need.

How it works

1. Upload

Lawyers contribute an original resource like a template form/pleading, checklist, monthly newsletter, or practice manual.

2. List

Contributing lawyers provide a brief description of the resource and offer it at whatever price they want — or for free.

3. Discover

Lawyers search the Commons, find practical resources authored by local lawyers, and download them with the click of a button.

FAQ

The Commons is a first-of-its-kind platform aimed at unlocking the expertise and know-how of local, practicing lawyers across the nation. It’s the only place online where lawyers can buy, sell, and donate original resources for other lawyers to use in their own practices.
We encourage lawyers to upload any resources that they think might be useful to other practicing lawyers in their community, including primary resources like model pleadings, forms, and contracts and secondary resources like how-to guides, roundups, issue memos, and checklists.

Yes, the Commons has two major rules for contributors.

  1. Original: Make sure any resource you share is something you created and have the right to publish.
  2. Ethical: Since shared resources can be accessed by other lawyers, such materials should never include sensitive or confidential information.

Yes, the Commons has two major recommendations for contributors.

  1. Local: Because commercial legal research services often publish materials that overlook local differences, the most helpful know-how is oftentimes the kind that is specific to a jurisdiction.
  2. Practical: The Commons is a place for lawyers to share practical tips and insight that help other lawyers do their jobs better; it’s probably not the ideal venue for sharing more theoretical works like journal articles or legal history.
The Commons is built to help lawyers evaluate the quality of posted materials. For example, lawyers who contribute original materials are encouraged to provide a professional biography so their experience and background can be assessed. We also ask lawyers who download a resource to leave comments, reviews, and ratings.

Of course, each lawyer must rely on their own independent professional judgment when deciding to use a resource. Just as information provided on legal blogs or included in CLE trainings may not always be accurate or up-to-date, there is never a guarantee that materials listed on the Commons are free from error.
Signing up for a lawyer account is completely free, but the cost of specific resources varies. The lawyer who listed the resource chooses whether to offer the resource at a price or for free.
Free Resources: For resources listed for free access, Community.lawyer provides lawyer contributors with hosting services free of charge.

Priced Resources: For resources listed at a price, Community.lawyer provides lawyer contributors with a royalty of 70% and retains 30% as the publisher.

Community.lawyer may provide discounts to lawyer purchasers who we verify work at a qualifying nonprofit. Discounts are paid out of Community.lawyer's share as publisher and do not affect the lawyer contributor's royalty.
Lawyers who publish materials on the Commons may be able to claim CLE credit. Many jurisdictions give CLE credits for time spent writing legal materials for lawyer-only audiences. Since specific requirements vary by jurisdiction, we encourage lawyer contributors to check their local rules to see if publication on the Commons would qualify.

We're in Beta

The Community.lawyer Commons is currently in Beta and will be officially launched later this year. In the lead up to the launch, we're inviting a select group of lawyers and legal organizations to list ― either for a price or for free ― practical resources for other lawyers in their jurisdiction to access.

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Types of Resources

Checklists

Template Forms & Pleadings

Practice Manuals

Newsletters & Roundups

Practice Areas

  • Family
  • Immigration
  • Criminal
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Business/Non-Profit
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate
  • Employment
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estates
  • Consumer Debt/Bankruptcy
  • Personal Injury
  • And more...