Bibliographies for Scholars

Bibliographies are an essential resource for professors who engage in legal writing scholarship: they help the researcher get up to speed more efficiently, and they alert the writer to ground that has already been well covered by others. Following are a few particularly helpful bibliographies, including several that trace the history of legal writing scholarship and others that collect scholarly resources in specific topic areas.

History of Legal Writing Scholarship

A rhetorical history written for the 25th anniversary of LWI lists the early bibliographies: The Past, Presence, and Future of Legal Writing Scholarship: Rhetoric, Voice, and Community, 16 J. Legal Writing 521 (Linda L. Berger, Linda H. Edwards & Terrill Pollman) (2010).  Among these are the following:

  • Bibliography of Books, Articles, and Periodicals on Legal Writing Programs and Instruction, to accompany Commun. Skills Comm., Sec. Leg. Educ. & Admis. to B., Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs (Eric B. Easton ed., 2d ed., ABA 2006) (bibliography available here).
  • Terrill Pollman & Linda H. Edwards, Scholarship by Legal Writing Professors: New Voices in the Legal Academy, 11 Leg. Writing 3, 15 (2005).
  • Michael R. Smith, The Next Frontier: Exploring the Substance of Legal Writing, 2 J. ALWD 1 (2004).
  • James R. Elkins, Teaching Lawyers to Write: A Chronological Bibliography, 22 Leg. Stud. Forum 778 (1998).
  • George D. Gopen & Kary D. Smout, Legal Writing: A Bibliography, 1 Leg. Writing 93 (1991).
  • Terence Collins & Darryl Hattenburger, Law and Language: A Selected Annotated Bibliography on Legal Writing, 33 J. Leg. Educ. 141 (1983).

Publication of Law Review Articles

The law review submission process can be daunting.  The LWI Committee on Scholarship Development and Outreach collected the following sources we hope will help.  The first group of articles relates to the nuts and bolts of the submission process, while the second group relates more to the selection process.  Finally, we've included some additional informational articles on writing.  We hope these materials can aid in the process of pursuing your scholarly goals.  Happy Writing!

Nuts & Bolts: Who, What, When, Where, How, & Why

  • Alfred L. Brophy, The Signaling Value of Law Reviews: An Exploration of Citation and Prestige, 36 Fla. St. U.L. Rev. 229 (2009).
  • Alfred L. Brophy, The Relationship between Law Review Citations and Law School Rankings, 39 Conn. L. Rev. 43 (2006).
  • Dennis J. Callahan & Neal Devins, Law Review Article Placement: Benefit or Beauty Prize, 56 J. Legal Educ. 374 (2006).
  • Brannon P. Denning & Miriam A. Cherry, The Five Stages of Law Review Submission, available Here
  • Russell Korobkin, Ranking Journals: Some Thoughts on Theory and Methodology, 26 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 851 (1999).
  • Nancy Levit, Scholarship Advice for New Law Professors in the Electronic Age, 16 Widener L.J. 947 (2007).
  • James Lindgren, An Author's Manifesto, 61 U. Chi. L. Rev. 527 (1994).
  • Allen Rostron & Nancy Levit, Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews & Journals, available Here
  • William R. Slomanson, Legal Scholarship Blueprint, 50 J. Legal Educ. 431 (2000).
  • John P. Zimmer & Jason P. Luther, Peer Review as an Aid to Article Selection in Student-Edited Legal Journals, 60 S.C. L. Rev. 959 (2009).

Behind the Curtain: The Editorial Board Selection Process

  • Rachel J. Anderson, From Imperial Scholar to Imperial Student: Minimizing Bias in Article Evaluation by Law Reviews, 20 Hastings Women’s L.J. 197 (2009).
  •  Leah M. Christensen & Julie Oseid, Navigating the Law Review Article Selection Process: An Empirical Study of Those With All the Power-Student Editors, 59 S.C. L. Rev. 175 (2007).
  • Minna J. Kotkin, Of Authorship and Audacity: An Empirical Study of Gender Disparity and Privilege in the "Top Ten" Law Reviews, 31 Women’s Rts. L. Rep. 385 (2010).
  • Robert M. Lawless & Ira David, The General Role Played by Specialty Law Journals: Empirical Evidence from Bankruptcy Scholarship, 80 Am. Bankr. L.J. 523 (2006).
  • Jason P. Nance & Dylan J. Steinberg, The Law Review Selection Process: Results from a National Study, 71 Alb. L. Rev. 565 (2008).
  • J.C. Oleson, You Make Me [Sic]: Confessions of a Sadistic Law Review Editor, 37 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1135 (2004).
  • Nathan J. Saunders, Note, Student-Edited Law Reviews: Reflections and Responses of an Inmate, 49 Duke L.J. 1663 (2000).
  • Dan Subotnik & Glen Lazer, Deconstructing the Rejection Letter: A Look at Elitism in Article Selection, 49 J. Legal Educ. 601 (1999).

Other

  • Mary Beth Beazley & Linda H. Edwards, The Process and the Product: A Bibliography of Scholarship about Legal Scholarship, 49 Mercer L. Rev. 741 (1998).
  • Bernard J. Hibbits, Last Writes? Reassessing the Law Review in the Age of Cyberspace, 71 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 615 (1996).
  • Michael N. Widener, Safeguarding "the Precious": Counsel on Law Journal Publication Agreements in Digital Times, 28 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 217 (2010).