Legal Scholarship and the Economy of Prestige

Before a forthcoming paper of mine gets completely preempted by a blog post and its comments, I should note that I have a forthcoming symposium piece, not yet on SSRN, that analyses legal scholarship in terms of James English’s Economy of Prestige. Send me an email, and I’ll send you a copy.

UPDATE (4/26/06): I have uploaded the paper to SSRN. Here’s the abstract:

This Essay was written as part of a Symposium on open access publishing for legal scholarship. It makes the claim that open access publishing models will succeed, or not, to the extent that they account for the existing “economy of prestige” that drives law reviews and legal scholarship. What may seem like a lot of uncharitable commentary is intended instead as an expression of guarded optimism: Imaginative reuse of some existing tools of scholarly publishing (even by some marginalized members of the prestige economy – or perhaps especially by them) may facilitate the emergence of a viable open access norm.