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ARTICLE: DO LAW REVIEWS NEED REFORM? A SURVEY OF LAW PROFESSORS, STUDENT EDITORS, ATTORNEYS, AND JUDGES
Loyola Law Review
59 Loy. L. Rev. 1
Richard A. Wise, Lucy S. McGough, James W. Bowers, Douglas P. Peters, Joseph C. Miller, Heather K. Terrell, Brett Holfeld, and Joe H. Neal*
Law reviews and law journals (hereafter referred to as law reviews) are vital to the law. They are the primary repositories of legal scholarship. 1 Accordingly, they influence how attorneys argue cases, how judges decide cases, what regulations administrative agencies adopt, and what laws legislatures enact. 2 They also have a significant impact on law professors' careers. 3 They help determine who is hired as a law professor, which law school hires them, whether law professors receive tenure and promotions, what compensation they receive, and what influence their research has on legal scholarship and the law. 4 In addition, law reviews are an important component of legal education. 5 Law review editors select and edit articles; engage in legal analysis, research, and writing; interact with legal scholars; and manage an important legal enterprise. 6 Law reviews also improve their members' job prospects and provide law schools with publicity and prestige. 7
Unlike other scholarly journals, the vast majority of law reviews are run by students rather than professors or professional editors. 8 This characteristic has generated a major controversy about law reviews almost from their inception in the late nineteenth century. 9 Because of the controversy about law reviews, hundreds of articles have been written about them over the years. 10 Moreover, the debate has intensified in recent decades. 11
For example, in 1992, the American Bar Association conducted a study about legal education and professional development that concluded practitioners increasingly viewed law ...
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