Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Yet another news article trashing student-edited law reviews

Yawn.  Mr. Liptak, however, missed the real story, which is that peer-edited journals of legal scholarship are not "rare" any longer, but increasingly common, and increasingly the leading fora for work in several areas of interdisciplinary scholarship (especially law & economics, and law & philosophy).

A REJOINDER from Frank Pasquale, who makes several fair points.  That being said, there is no way around the fact that work that could only be described as "sophomoric nonsense" appears with alarming frequency in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, etc.  There is nothing comparable in, e.g., the leading faculty-edited law journals, let alone the peer-reviewed journals of other serious disciplines, like philosophy.  So even if Mr. Liptak's piece is a bit of a hatchet job, law professors should not kid themselves that the student-edited law review system is wonderful! 


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