Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The current issue of The Green Gag includes a talk on law reviews by legal writing expert Bryan Garner. Titled A Legal Lexicographer Looks at Law Reviews, the talk urges the journals to curb verbosity by imposing a strict 25,000-word limit on articles, including footnotes. Garner also disapproves of the typical stiff law review introduction that begins "Part I will discuss . . . ." Garner observes that "law students are called upon to be professional editors when not one in fifty has a background suitable to the task." He therefore suggests that all law review editors should pass an editing test.