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Scholarship Advice for New Law Professors in the Electronic Age


Nancy Levit


University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law



Abstract:     
The article suggests that the legal academy is in a time of transition between promotion and tenure rules based on traditional methods of publication and contemporary electronic and interdisciplinary possibilities for publication. While a number of articles contain recommendations for newer law professors about the process of scholarship, most of those articles are between five and twenty years old and do not address publishing in the age of blogs, expedited reviews, electronic submissions, and open-access databases.

The substance and length of what law professors write, the formats in which they do so, and the fora in which they publish are evolving. This article breaks new ground in offering advice for those who have recently joined the academy on how to comply with promotion and tenure guidelines while taking advantage of publishing opportunities in the electronic age. Although it gives special emphasis to newer faculty and to issues raised by modern technology, the article is not limited to those sorts of issue. Professors who have been writing for years may find some useful nuggets about citation practices regarding blogs, the impact of recent law review limits on article length, electronic methods of browsing journals and articles in other disciplines, access to government documents, and posting on open-access archives.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: Scholarship, Legal scholarship, Blogs, Legal academy, Open-access databases, Expedited reviews, Electronic submissions, Promotion and tenure, Law professors, Writing, Articles, Research agenda

JEL Classification: A23, I20, I21, I29, K00, K10, K19, K40

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Date posted: October 21, 2006  

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Levit, Nancy, Scholarship Advice for New Law Professors in the Electronic Age. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=939007 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.939007

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Nancy Levit (Contact Author)
University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law ( email )
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States
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