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Essay: A Ham Sandwich

3 Pages Posted: 4 May 2009  

Colin B. Picker

School of Law, University of Wollongong

Date Written: April, 28 2009


This essay is a short (approximately 1400 words, including footnotes) and to the point humorous indictment of the present scholarship (articles and journals) within the American legal academy. Nonetheless, the issue raised by this essay is a serious one – that the proliferation of journals and articles is threatening to overwhelm the system’s ability to discern good from bad scholarship. The same issue is happening with the proliferation of judicial opinions. The essay notes that these issues are neither new (the Roman legal system encountered similar issues) nor confined to the United States (e.g., the English have recently handled a comparable issue with respect to judicial opinion citations). The essay concludes by recommending the legal Academy reconsider the present version of student run and edited law reviews.

Keywords: law journal, law review, legal scholarship, legal education

JEL Classification: K10, K40

Suggested Citation

Picker, Colin B., Essay: A Ham Sandwich (April, 28 2009). Available at SSRN: or

Colin Picker (Contact Author)

School of Law, University of Wollongong ( email )


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