Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New "plain-English" online scholarly journal by conglomerate of top law schools is launched

The legal blogosphere is all a twitter (no pun intended) over a new online journal begun by the law reviews of seven top schools - Stanford Law Review, New York University Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern Law Review and University of Chicago Law Review.  The new journal, called The Legal Workshop, is intended as a counterpoint to the  turgid, impenetrable and overly footnoted traditional law review article - plus, the online format gives it an immediacy that printed volumes lack.

The journal's website states its mission as:

The Legal Workshop features short, plain-English articles about legal issues and ideas, written by an author whose related, full-length work of scholarship is forthcoming in one of the participating law reviews. But The Legal Workshop does not house a collection of abstracts. Instead, it offers an engaging alternative to traditional academic articles that run 30,000 words with footnotes, enabling scholars to present their well-formulated opinions and their research to a wider audience. In addition to making legal ideas understandable, The Legal Workshop seeks to house the best of legal scholarship in one place -- making it easier for readers to find the best writing about all areas of law.

Read the first issue here.

Hat tip to The Legal Blog Watch.

I am the scholarship dude.


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