A couple of times in the last few months, scholars elsewhere have asked me my impressions as to the best presses with which to publish a scholarly monograph in law (not a casebook or treatise). Having been asked enough, and not being entirely confident in my sense of things on this score, I thought it might be useful to open a thread on this question.
My impression is that the top four publishers for legal monographs are (in alphabetical order): Harvard University Press; Oxford University Press; University of Chicago Press; and Yale University Press. Cambridge University Press and Princeton University also strike me as very good. I don't have the sense of any other publisher as on a par with these six in terms of the quality and importance of their catalogues. Obviously important books appear elsewhere, so this is just a comment on the general quality of a press's catalogue of books related to law.
It bears emphasizing that the list of desireable publishers is affected by subject-matter. For example, University of North Carolina Press is an extremely important publisher of work in legal history. So, too, Oxford University Press clearly dominates publishing in legal philosophy, though a significant number of important titles also appear with Cambridge (but very few with the American presses). If there are other areas where there are particular presses of importance, I hope scholars in those fields will note that in the comments.
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