Media Release: New improved site for Journal online

THE online version of the Law Society of Scotland’s award-winning members’ magazine has relaunched in a new and exciting format.

At the same time, its legal jobs section has been rebranded and given its own site in order to raise its profile to lawyers looking for work in the current recession.

In addition to allowing free public access to current and archive issues of the monthly magazine, The Journal, its website now carries blogs, surveys, users’ comments on articles and news items, and a weekly prize competition.

First launched four years ago, the website has proved popular well beyond the legal profession, with its daily legal news service, readily searchable database – now covering ten years of issues – its events diary, and articles not published in the magazine.

In addition to enjoying a completely fresh design, The Journal Online now features comment on topical issues through blogs from its Editor Peter Nicholson, and from leading figures in the Law Society of Scotland.

Already underpinning The Journal’s place as Scotland’s leading forum for legal jobs, the recruitment site ( now offers improved functionality for candidates to control their applications and for recruiters to manage their vacancies.

Welcoming the new design, Richard Henderson, president of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “The Journal Online redesign is excellent. It’s much more user-friendly and the new features will help encourage people to access both Journal Online and the Society’s websites as good sources for legal news and information. There is something of interest and importance to everyone in the profession, wherever they work.”

Note to editors:

The Journal magazine has been shortlisted as Best Member Magazine in the Periodical Publishers Association Scotland’s Magazine Awards for 2008, the fifth year running it has made the shortlist. The Journal won the award two years ago, when it also took the Best Design title in the business and professional class. Winners will be announced this Thursday, 27 November.

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