Monday, November 16, 2015
Against student-edited law reviews, once again
Lawyer/philosopher Ken Levy (Louisiana State) comments.
My impression is that many of the student-edited law reviews are now seeking faculty input into acceptance decisions, though not generally at the initial screening stage. What are the impressions of others? (I do not submit very often to student-edited law reviews, so my sample size is small.)
Ken Levy's arguments are all familiar. I have made counter-arguments, citing Brian Leiter as persuasive authority, here: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/contractsprof_blog/2013/10/in-defense-of-student-edited-journals.html
Posted by: Jeremy Telman | Nov 16, 2015 4:19:29 PM
Two data points.
1) Jotwell.com recently celebrated its seventh anniversary and looked back at where the articles deemed worthy of a review came from. Their selections, all made by faculty, reflected much more diversity in terms of author schools, faculty rank and journal ranking. http://jotwell.com/what-we-like/
2) In terms of faculty involvement, the Univ. of Mississippi law school is doing something interesting. The picks are made by faculty, and thus billed as 'peer reviewed.' Selected authors are then invited to workshop the piece either live or via video before a group of the faculty. The actual editing then proceeds as normal, with the editing done by the students.
Posted by: Ray Campbell | Nov 16, 2015 12:28:06 PM