Living Legal Scholarship
Maksymilian T. Del Mar
University of London - Queen Mary - Department of Law
August 1, 2007
This paper offers a personal reflection on the value of legal scholarship. It is set in the context of the contemporary literature on the state of contemporary legal scholarship. The paper argues that the state of contemporary legal scholarship is too often evaluated on the exclusive basis of the style and content of legal scholarly works. The challenge that this paper seeks to meet is to provide a broader and richer platform upon which legal scholarship can and should be evaluated. That challenge is met by offering a brief account of the five responsibilities of legal scholarship (reading, writing, teaching, collegiality, and engagement). These five responsibilities are designed to provide a framework for imagining the institutional life of a legal scholar. The paper argues that it is that full life, rather than merely the scholarly output, that should necessarily be included in any assessment of the state of contemporary legal scholarship.
Keywords: Institutional life, legal methodology, legal scholarship
JEL Classification: K00working papers series
Date posted: December 4, 2007 ; Last revised: June 7, 2010
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