Tuesday, June 19, 2012
We may need legal scholarship, but do we need law reviews? We don’t need them to distribute articles. Articles are now accessible online by a variety of services, and even the Harvard Law Review has fewer that 1900 hard copy subscribers. Do law reviews provide a filtering system so that only high quality articles are published? Do you really trust second and third year students to make decisions on quality? We can make our own decisions on quality, sometimes with the help of various online sources.
Perhaps law reviews have outlived their usefulness as academic services, True, they may offer some training and writing opportunities for law students. However, we can find other, more productive ways to serve the student population.