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A Review of Law Reviews: Comments of a Contented Victim

17 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2011  

Jean Leclair

Université de Montréal - Faculty of Law

Date Written: December 4, 2005


The author describes the differences in origin and management between American and English Canadian law reviews (including the McGill Law Journal) and Quebec French-speaking Faculty periodicals, which he refers to as “revues juridiques.” Whereas American law reviews are entirely managed by students, student involvement in the editorial decisions of the revues juridiques is minimal. Faculty members have the last word on all the important questions. English Canadian law reviews fall somewhere in between their American counterparts and Quebec’s revues juridiques. As the author demonstrates, the difference in legal tradition (civil law vs. common law) goes a long way in explaining why student-edited law reviews do not exist in Quebec. The author concludes by commenting upon his own personal experience with law reviews.

Keywords: Law Reviews, Canada, USA, Quebec, Civil Law, Common Law, History, Legal Periodicals, Roman Law, Civil Code

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Leclair, Jean, A Review of Law Reviews: Comments of a Contented Victim (December 4, 2005). Queen's Law Journal, Vol. 31, pp. 385-401, 2005. Available at SSRN:

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