The Goldilocks Path of Legal Scholarship in a Digital Networked World

12 Pages Posted: 3 May 2019

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Orly Lobel

University of San Diego School of Law

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

Traditional legal scholarship often comes under fire. Commentators lament that law review articles are too long, too stuffy, too heavily footnoted—just “too traditional.” Legal scholars have responded by seeking out less traditional avenues of publication such as online blogs, social media, and op-eds. These also come with attendant risk—lack of nuance, lack of depth, and assertions outside one’s area of expertise. In this article, written for a symposium on the future of legal scholarship, I propose the “Goldilocks Path” of scholarship as an optimal method of spreading knowledge and ideas. This Goldilocks Path lies in a balance between producing traditional and nontraditional pieces. Doing so engages academics and broadens their audience, allowing for more diverse readership, an opportunity to obtain early critique of theories, and a chance for scholarship to create a stronger impact. Walking the multi-outlet path, where the non-traditional enhances the traditional, can facilitate a more meaningful dialogue within the legal community and with the public at large.

Keywords: scholarship, legal scholarship, Goldilocks Path, exchange of knowledge, law review,

JEL Classification: K1, K10,

Suggested Citation

Lobel, Orly, The Goldilocks Path of Legal Scholarship in a Digital Networked World (2018). Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Vol. 50, No. 403, 2018; San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 19-385. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3381260 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3381260

Orly Lobel (Contact Author)

University of San Diego School of Law ( email )

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States

HOME PAGE: http://home.sandiego.edu/%7Elobel/

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