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Why Write?

15 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2009 Last revised: 21 Aug 2010

Erwin Chemerinsky

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Date Written: August 19, 2010


What is the purpose of legal scholarship? The foreword to the University of Michigan Law Review's book review issue provides an excellent occasion for addressing this question. This in turn requires considering who are the audiences for legal scholarship and what should count as legal scholarship. This essay offers thoughts and suggestions on these important topics.

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Chemerinsky, Erwin, Why Write? (August 19, 2010). Michigan Law Review, Vol. 107, No. 881, 2009; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2009-9. Available at SSRN:

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