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Washington Lawyer Advertising Rates

Four Color

Ad Size
6X 3X 1X
Full Page
$5,925 $6,275 $6,525
1/2 Page
$3,915 $4,125 $4,350
1/3 Page
$2,375 $2,650 $2,995
1/4 Page
$1,525 $1,875 $2,150

Premium Charges

Premium Position: 10 percent
Center Spread: 15 percent

Advertising Deadlines for 2016

Issue Publication Date Space Reservations Camera Ready Art
January December 28 November 25 December 4
February January 27 December 24 January 6
March February 25 January 25 February 5
April March 25 February 25 March 4
May April 23 March 25 April 5
June May 25 April 25 May 5
July/August July 26 June 24 July 6
September August 25 July 25 August 4
October September 27 August 21 September 1
November October 27 September 20 September 29
December November 28 October 19 November 1

Display Ad Dimensions

2 Page Spread*
Full Page*
Half-Page Horizontal
Half-Page Vertical
Third-Page Horizontal
Third-Page Vertical 2.25" x 9"
Quarter Page
Sixth-Page Horizontal
Sixth-Page Vertical

*Please add 1/8" to final size for full bleeds.

Washington Lawyer ad sizes 2016

Electronic File Requirements
The Washington Lawyer strongly encourages the use of digital files.

ELECTRONIC ADS: All files should be in Quark, InDesign, or Photoshop. Scans should be at least 300 dpi, placed in submitted file at 100%. All graphics and fonts should be changed to outlines. Preferred media are CDs or press PDFs (not screen-optimized PDFs). A SWOP standard proof must be provided. Additional charges may be incurred if these guidelines are not followed.

Any production work done by publication will be charged at the prevailing rates. There is a $150 minimum production charge

ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION: If needed, files can be placed on our prepress service’s FTP site. For information, please contact Virgil Cotton at 202-737-4700, ext. 3268, or VCotton@dcbar.org.

Contract Policies

  • Contract covers number of issues within one year.
  • Advertisers who do not fulfill their insertion schedules will be subject to a short rate.
  • Credits earned by increasing frequency during a contract year will be applied toward future billing.
  • All advertising is subject to approval by the D.C. Bar Publications Committee based on its editorial guidelines. The committee reserves the right to reject advertising determined not to be in keeping with the publication’s standards. By submitting advertising for acceptance, the advertiser and its agency agree to indemnify and protect the publisher from loss or expense on claims or suits based upon the subject matter of such advertisements. The publisher is not responsible for advertisements omitted for any reason.
  • Rate-holder: One-sixth page.
  • Cancellations must be received in writing prior to the published space reservation deadline.
  • Any production work done by publication will be charged at the prevailing rates. There is a $150 minimum production charge.
  • First-time non-agency advertisers are required to prepay the first installment of any Insertion Order for display advertising.

Commissions and Discounts
15 percent commission to recognized agencies. Net invoice due and payable 30 days from invoice date. Bills rendered upon publication. All invoices not paid within 30 days of invoice date are subject to a service charge of 1½ percent per month (18 percent per year). Advertiser agrees to pay collection costs of delinquent accounts.

Classified advertising not subject to commission.  

Publishing Information

  • Rates effective January 1, 2016
  • Guaranteed circulation: 102,000
  • Published 12 times per year and mailed to every member of the District of Columbia Bar. Post office receipts verifying circulation are available upon request.
  • About Washington Lawyer and its Readers, visit Demographics page.

Other Advertising Opportunities
Insert rates and D.C. Bar online advertising
are available by calling 202-737-4700, ext. 3268, or advertising@dcbar.org.

For further information, please call 202-737-4700, ext. 3268 or e-mail advertising@dcbar.org.