The Relative Value of American Law Reviews: A Critical Appraisal of Ranking Methods

40 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2005 Last revised: 8 Dec 2012

Ronen Perry

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 17, 2012

Abstract

Ranking law reviews is not a novel initiative. Data regarding the relative value of legal periodicals was first published in 1930, in an article primarily concerned with the overall contribution of legal periodicals to the development of positive law. Since then many attempts have been made to rank American law reviews by various criteria.

This Article, however, focuses not on actual rankings but on ranking theory and methodology. It offers an introductory discussion of the goals of law review rating, and the essential attributes of reliable and beneficial ranking methods, followed by a systematic and comprehensive analysis of the advantages and shortcomings of the various methods that can be used to assess the relative value of American law reviews.

Keywords: Law reviews, legal writing, legal education, legal research, statistics

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Perry, Ronen, The Relative Value of American Law Reviews: A Critical Appraisal of Ranking Methods (October 17, 2012). Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 11, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=806144

Ronen Perry (Contact Author)

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Carmel
Haifa, 31905
Israel

HOME PAGE: http://weblaw.haifa.ac.il/en/faculty/perry/

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