The Dominance of Teams in the Production of Legal Knowledge
Christopher Anthony Cotropia
University of Richmond School of Law
Loyola Law School Los Angeles
June 26, 2014
124 Yale L.J. F. 18 (2014)
Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2013-7
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
Date posted: February 7, 2013 ; Last revised: July 8, 2014
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