The Future of Legal Scholarship

So the editors of the Yale Law Journal devoted an issue of the online Pocket Part to “The Future of Legal Scholarship” and commissioned submissions by Althouse, Balkin, Caron, Volokh, and Vladeck, with more to come from Brooks and Leiter (or, perhaps, Leiter), all of whom address blogs and blogging and do so very thoughtfully.

Yet TPP makes no provision for comments or trackbacks or tagging, though there is a lightly-used “Responses” section. At Yale, The Future of Legal Scholarship looks an awful lot like the past of legal scholarship.

7 thoughts on “The Future of Legal Scholarship

  1. Yes, there’s a certain egalitarianism to having comments on the same page as the piece itself. If Posner and Becker can abide it, so can the YLJ! According to web guru Brendan Greely of Radio Open Source, this has been an essential part of the success of their show…originally shows had segregated off commenters to the side to maintain the pristine perfection of the original page. But they found that members of the commenting community did not want this second-class status–they wanted to be on the page they were commenting on. And letting them on has greatly contributed to the growth of the site & the show.

  2. Ann — The YPP intro mentions that Rosa Brooks and Brian Leiter have contributions on the way. Mike

  3. I know, I just didn’t understand the double Leiter reference.

    Penn’s new “PENNumbra” dealie allows comments, see e.g.: http://www.pennumbra.com/issues/article.php?atid=12
    The link in Solove’s comment takes readers to Concurring OPinions, where for a time they could read this: http://feministlawprofs.law.sc.edu/?p=955
    I guess this, plus the fact that I just read too many “You are a fat stupid ugly cunt” comments in the moderation queue at Feminist Law Professors to be enthusiastic about the idea. And no, they aren’t only from anonymous cranks, many track back to law firms and law schools.

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