Law review (also called law journal e.g., National Law Journal) is a scholarly publication containing research articles authored by academics, judges, attorneys and also by students of law school. Purpose of such journals is to provide maximum benefit to its readership and they should conform to the standards of excellence set forth by the profession.
However, it has been reported that the law reviews are not without shortcomings as revealed by the result of the survey reported in the article. The drawbacks that the articles contain that these are too long, generally focused on the pedigree of the authors and that is why they find its place in the journal and not based on the objectivity, quality and substance of the article.
Are law review articles too long? Yes, according to many of those who responded to a recent survey. And those weren’t their only criticisms.
Student editors tend to select articles for publication based on the pedigree of the law professors who author them rather than the merits of the articles, academics complain. And practitioners and judges say they often don’t find the articles helpful, the National Law Journal (sub. req.) reports.
Survey on Law Review Reform
From their origins in the late nineteenth century, student edited law reviews have generated controversy. Yet, despite the hundreds of articles criticizing or defending law reviews, there is little research about what the legal community thinks about them. Consequently, we surveyed 1,325 law professors, 338 student editors, 215 attorneys, and 156 judges to determine their beliefs about the current system of law reviews and the need for reforms. Generally, law professors were the most critical and student editors the least critical of law reviews. Respondents identified several problems with law reviews.
The National Law Journal explained that law review system has several drawbacks that need to be modified or changed, it is suggested to go for shorter articles that may help in training of law students. Read more about it in the given article.
This debate has been going on forever, and according to The National Law Journal, there is a new article that expounds on the various reasons that the current law review system needs to change. The article is “Do Law Reviews Need Reform: A Survey of Law Professors, Student Editors, Attorneys and Judges,” in the latest edition of the Loyola Law Review, 59 Loy. L. Rev. 1 (2013).“The eight authors queried 1,325 law professors, 338 student editors, 215 attorneys, and 156 judges about how they view the current system, the quality of law review articles, the way articles are selected, and how they would like the system reformed.”
Watch the video below to know what is required to create a excellent law articles for all.
It is time to bring the change in old style of law article writing containing long bored content. In order to ensure quality of law articles and reviews, they should first of all go through a thorough editorial review, then go through blind peer reviews and ensure more students’ training.