Scholarly Profit Margins and the Legal Scholarship Network: Reflections on the Web

25 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2005 Last revised: 21 Sep 2010

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Lawrence A. Cunningham

George Washington University; Quality Shareholders Group; Mayer Brown


Controversy surrounding scholastic rankings arises, in part, because of complexities associated with measuring academic contributions. Legal researchers use various methodologies to assess scholarly production and impact but all suffer from inherent limitations and none provides data useful to scholarly self-reflection. The 10-year old Legal Scholarship Network (LSN) offers potential to improve considerably on both scores of public and personal assessment. This Essay critically evaluates approaches to conceptualizing scholarly profit margins, explores how LSN can enhance these conceptions, and opens new frontiers for this innovative Web-based repository of legal writing.

Keywords: legal education, legal scholarship, legal studies, scholarly impact, scholarly influence, rankings, scholarly reflection, Legal Scholarship Network

Suggested Citation

Cunningham, Lawrence A., Scholarly Profit Margins and the Legal Scholarship Network: Reflections on the Web. Indiana Law Review, Vol. 81, 2005, Available at SSRN: or

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