The Dominance of Teams in the Production of Legal Knowledge

124 Yale L.J. F. 18 (2014)

Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2013-7

11 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2013 Last revised: 8 Jul 2014

Christopher Anthony Cotropia

University of Richmond School of Law

Lee Petherbridge

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Date Written: June 26, 2014

Abstract

Using a database that contains over 19,000 law review articles published in top 100 law reviews between 1990 and 2010, we demonstrate that team authors dominate solo authors in the production of legal knowledge. Team research is on average more frequently cited than individual research, and teams are more likely than individuals to produce exceptionally high impact research. These results suggest that a legal research culture that encourages cooperation and collaboration could foster an intellectual connectedness helpful to improving the quality of knowledge production by legal academics.

Keywords: legal studies, legal research, citation, research quality, knowledge production

Suggested Citation

Cotropia, Christopher Anthony and Petherbridge, Lee, The Dominance of Teams in the Production of Legal Knowledge (June 26, 2014). 124 Yale L.J. F. 18 (2014); Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2013-7. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2212431 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2212431

Christopher Anthony Cotropia

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Lee Petherbridge (Contact Author)

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