Sunday, April 24, 2011
According to Hofstra law professor Richard Newmann, if you add up the costs, a law review article is expensive—as much as $100,000 at a top-flight school.
His estimate factors in the salary and benefits for a tenured professor at a high-paying school who spends between 30% and 50% of his or her time on scholarship and publishes one article per year.
It also takes into account possible research grants, which many schools offer professors to help fund their scholarly work, and the costs for research assistants.
He estimates that an article written by an assistant professor at a lower-paying lay school costs the school between $25,000 and $42,000. Professor Newmann cites research suggesting at about 43 percent of law reviews are never cited by anyone.
If there is a pendulum that swings between teaching and publishing in law schools, maybe that pendulum has swung too far in one direction. Here is the article in the National Law Journal.
(Thx to Karin Mika, Wayne Schiess, and Tax Prof blog.)