Saturday, June 21, 2014
The Thomas E. Cooley Law Review has published a lengthy set of articles on law reviews. You can access it here. If you are looking for advice on how to spruce up your law school’s journals, you may find some here. However, if you are aware that fewer and fewer lawyers, courts, and law students are looking to law reviews—except authors in search of footnotes for their pieces— and you are looking for innovative thinking, you’re looking in the wrong place.
Few of us read law reviews for entertainment or general enlightenment. Those of us who write for the reviews know that publication likely occur about one year after a review accepts an article—so much for timely commentary. Academic blogs and other internet sources have moved to the forefront. True, they may not offer the depth of a review article, but for many purposes, they are sufficient.
It’s time for law reviews to rethink their mission and their vehicles.