Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Blogs Have Impact on Law Reviews

Kevin O'Keefe at LexBlog has posted a piece entitled Law blogs impacting law reviews : Wall Street Journal.

It discusses how many scholars dissatisfied with the constraints of traditional law reviews have started contributing "relevant and timely commentary" to Internet sites and blogs.

O'Keefe adds that law reviews are also offering original content on the Internet and cites the example of Harvard and Yale that now offer original web-based, or blog-like, supplements to their print publications. The Yale Law Journal offers such a supplement called Pocket Part.

As he writes in his conclusion: "It's no wonder that I was contacted by a large legal publisher late Friday inquiring as to why blogs were drawing so many lawyers looking to publish. Writing a book or chapter for a law treatise or law review was once an honor (was for me), and still probably is, but lawyers get much a bigger and long lasting bang by publishing a blog. And a blog is a heck of a lot easier to write."

O'Keefe adds more in a related posting entitled Law professor blogs : 182 and growing, up 40% in 5 months. He points out that the top-rated U.S. law schools have a very high percentage of law prof bloggers, who may see the new medium as an attractive vehicle for legal discussion and promoting scholarship.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 7:03 pm


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