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The Law Reviews: Do Their 'Paths of Glory Lead But to the Grave'?

Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Vol. 10, 2009

19 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2009  

John Doyle

Washington and Lee University - School of Law

Date Written: February, 20 2009

Abstract

Academics, who write most of the law review articles, gain prestige from being read and cited by their peers. Even when their works are minimally cited, prestige is gained by publication in prestigious journals. Student editors seek the prestige of law review membership to attain prestigious jobs and clerkships. Law schools seek the prestige of publishing prestigious law reviews. If no law reviews existed, commercial publishers would be happy to expand their journal offerings and publish faculty work, competitive schools would compete on some other basis, and students would find some other means to signal how hardworking and smart they are. How will removing the bricks of prestige from the current law review structure begin? At the moment the wall is solidly reinforced, each constituent with their interlocking benefit, and any rumbling no more than a murmur. This essay discusses a number of problematic issues for law reviews and the possibility of replacing the existing edifice.

Keywords: law reviews

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Doyle, John, The Law Reviews: Do Their 'Paths of Glory Lead But to the Grave'? (February, 20 2009). Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Vol. 10, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1347069

John Doyle (Contact Author)

Washington and Lee University - School of Law ( email )

Lexington, VA 24450
United States

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