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The Dominance of Teams in the Production of Legal Knowledge


Christopher Anthony Cotropia


University of Richmond School of Law

Lee Petherbridge


Loyola Law School Los Angeles

June 26, 2014

124 Yale L.J. F. 18 (2014)
Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2013-7

Abstract:     
Using a database that contains over 19,000 law review articles published in top 100 law reviews between 1990 and 2010, we demonstrate that team authors dominate solo authors in the production of legal knowledge. Team research is on average more frequently cited than individual research, and teams are more likely than individuals to produce exceptionally high impact research. These results suggest that a legal research culture that encourages cooperation and collaboration could foster an intellectual connectedness helpful to improving the quality of knowledge production by legal academics.

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Keywords: legal studies, legal research, citation, research quality, knowledge production

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Date posted: February 7, 2013 ; Last revised: July 8, 2014

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Cotropia, Christopher Anthony and Petherbridge, Lee, The Dominance of Teams in the Production of Legal Knowledge (June 26, 2014). 124 Yale L.J. F. 18 (2014); Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2013-7. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2212431 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2212431

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Christopher Anthony Cotropia
University of Richmond School of Law ( email )
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
United States
Lee Petherbridge (Contact Author)
Loyola Law School Los Angeles ( email )
919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1211
United States
213-736-8194 (Phone)
213-380-3769 (Fax)
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