Saturday, May 19, 2007
The sorry state of U.S. law reviews has long been lamented by U.S. legal academics. Most U.S. law professors have had the experience of having their prose butchered by overly zealous 3L editors who know little about editing and even less about the subject matter of the articles they edit. This type of editing can be particularly upsetting for legal writing professors who spend their days trying to teach law students to write at a professional level and then end up teaching their editors similar lessons.
Over the years, there have been articles in U.S. law reviews about the problems with U.S. law reviews. And yet somehow, when someone outside this overturned system describes it, the sheer stupidity of it seems all the more obvious. Enter Ross Buckley, writing from the University of New South Wales, Australia, that It's Time to Stop the Blind Leading the Sighted: A Proposal to Improve the Editing of US Law Reviews, UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2007-27. You can access the full text at of his article at http://ssrn.com/abstract=981650.