Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Do We Need Law Reviews?

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.



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Whether we need law reviews, and whether law reviews need to continue to print and mail hard copies, are two different questions. I think students should continue to edit law reviews, but the reviews should be distributed online only, along the lines of SSRN eJournals.

Posted by: Otto | Jun 20, 2012 8:35:18 AM

What's there to filter? The only work being produced today is irrelevant law and economics stuff or irrelevant critical legal theory.

Posted by: Rudy | Jun 19, 2012 8:55:15 PM

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