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Saturday, September 9, 2006

Research Canons from Prawfsblawg

The following is reproduced from Announcing: The "Research Canons" Project, Prawfsblawg, Sept. 5, 2006:

Prawfsblawg is pleased to announce the "Research Canons" project.  The purpose of this project is to get input from you, our readers, about the most important works of scholarship in the various areas of legal inquiry.

Unlike other disciplines, most law academics do not have an advanced degree in "law."  For students pursuing a Ph.D in areas such as economics, history, or social psychology, they must pass comprehensive exams showing that they have a broad knowledge of the most important works in the field.  It is only after comps that students go on to complete their specialized dissertation research.

Legal academia assumes that entry-level candidates and new scholars have done the background research necessary for their area of expertise.  But it is left to the individual to get this knowledge.  Certainly, the J.D. provides a baseline, and mentors are helpful in providing further direction.  But there is nothing akin to comps that sets forth a comprehensive listing for new folks to follow.  Many of us have heard the question, in the AALS interview, in the job talk, or as a new scholar presenting a paper: "Well, of course, you have read the work of Prof. X in this area, right?"  Failure to respond appropriately to this question may raise eyebrows and cast doubt on the scholar's research.

The Research Canons project is intended to fill this gap.  Over the following weeks, we will be asking for input on the canons for the following subjects:

      • Civil Procedure - 9/6
      • Contracts - 9/7
      • Criminal Law - 9/11
      • Criminal Procedure - 9/12
      • Property & Real Estate Law - 9/13
      • Torts - 9/14
      • Constitutional Law - 9/18
      • Administrative Law - 9/19
      • Antitrust - 9/20
      • Commercial Law - 9/21
      • Corporate Law - 9/25
      • Dispute Resolution - 9/26
      • Employment and Labor Law - 9/27
      • Energy Law - 9/28
      • Election Law - 9/29
      • Environmental Law - 10/2
      • Family Law - 10/3
      • Federal Courts/Civil Rights - 10/4
      • Health Law - 10/5
      • Immigration & Naturalization - 10/6
      • Intellectual Property - 10/9
      • International Law - 10/10
      • Law & Economics - 10/11
      • Law & Philosophy - 10/12
      • Law & Race Relations - 10/16
      • Legal Ethics/Professional Responsibility - 10/17
      • Legal History - 10/18
      • Legislation/Statutory Interpretation - 10/19
      • Local Government Law - 10/20
      • Securities Regulation - 10/23
      • Tax - 10/24
      • Trusts & Estates - 10/25

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