Download it While its Hot: Open Access and Legal Scholarship

28 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2007


This Article analyzes the shift of legal scholarship from the old world of law reviews to today's world of peer reviews to tomorrow's world of open access legal blogs. This shift is occurring in three dimensions. First, legal scholarship is moving from the long form (treatises and law review articles) to the short form (very short articles, blog posts, and online collaborations). Second, a regime of exclusive rights is giving way to a regime of open access. Third, intermediaries (law school editorial boards, peer-reviewed journals) are being supplemented by disintermediated forms (papers on the Internet, blogs). Blogs and internet conversations between academics are expanding interdisciplinary legal scholarship and increasing the avenues of communication among legal scholars, practitioners and a wide array of interested laypersons worldwide.

Keywords: law reviews, open access, peer-edited, blog, blogging, disintermediation

Suggested Citation

Solum, Lawrence B., Download it While its Hot: Open Access and Legal Scholarship. Lewis & Clark Law Review, Vol. 10, p. 841, 2006; Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 07-03; U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. LE07-11. Available at SSRN:

Lawrence B. Solum (Contact Author)

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

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