June 17, 2010
Law Review Articles, Not Worth the Paper Printed on for Addressing Issues Confronting the Judiciary
From the conclusion of The Wit, Wisdom, and Worthlessness of Law Reviews by Gerald F. Uelmen, law prof and former dean at Santa Clara University School of Law:
[T]here are still a few law professors who would rather publish for practicing lawyers and judges than just for other professors. But given the way the academic game is played these days, they do so at their peril—particularly if they are seeking tenure. Still, law reviews are in no danger of disappearing anytime soon. After all, big law firms and elitist judges continue to demand "law review experience" as a prerequisite for hiring. The publication of student notes also provides a vehicle to enhance badly needed writing skills for barely literate law students. But in terms of contributing to the profession, most law reviews are simply a waste of trees.
All the more reason for moving forward with the implementation of the Durham Statement.
Hat tip to Sentencing Law and Policy. [JH]
As a law student, I did find that my law review experiences writing and cite checking added tremendously to my legal research skills, giving me a depth of knowledge and aptitude far beyond what I had gained from my first-year legal research and writing class. That's not the type of value you're talking about, but at least it's something.
Posted by: Ruth Levor | Jun 18, 2010 11:50:12 AM