August 30, 2012
Call for Suggestions for the Fifth Edition of Volokh's Academic Legal Writing
The call was recently issued by the author, UCLA Law prof Eugene Volokh on The Volokh Conspiracy. Volokh's Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review includes legal research advice. Academic law librarians who have a copy of the fourth edition which was published in 2010 might want to give it a look-see for making updating recommendations.
Here's the blurb for the fourth edition:
Designed to help law students write and publish articles, this text provides detailed instructions for every aspect of the law school writing, research, and publication process. Topics covered include law review articles and student notes, seminar term papers, how to shift from research to writing, cite-checking others work, publishing, and publicizing written works. The book helps law students and everyone else involved in academic legal writing: professors save time and effort communicating basic points to students; law schools satisfy the American Bar Association's second- and third-year writing requirements; and law reviews receive better notes from their staff. The Fourth Edition adds examples drawn from successful student notes, coupled with detailed explanations of what makes the examples effective, and how they could have been made still more effective. It also elaborates further on how one can research a topic more comprehensively than many students do, both by finding a broader range of examples and applications, and by investigating the key cases more deeply.
Volok's Academic Legal Writing is or should be in every academic law library collection. [JH]