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Blogs change legal scholarship

The Pocket Part, an online companion to the Yale Law Journal, is featuring a series of law professor essays that discuss the ways in which legal scholars’ work has moved beyond law journals’ printed pages.

We see great value in professors’ online work. Blogs insightfully critique scholarship, comment usefully on problems of legal doctrine, and speak to decision-makers in straightforward language. The Yale Law Journal Pocket Part is our effort to join these strengths of online debate to the traditions of the student-edited law journal.

Who’s participating in the series?

  • Professor Paul Caron describes how professors download articles from the Internet long before they appear in the law journals.
  • Professor Stephen Vladeck observes legal blogs critique slip opinions months before students’ case notes reach the printer.
  • Professor Christopher Bracey shows quicker publication process and a freer medium permit a jazzier style of writing.
  • Professor Jack Balkin describes how his blog helped scuttle Senator Arlen Specter’s recent bill on domestic spying.
  • Professor Ann Althouse celebrates scholars’ online work but warns that we should not get so carried away to ignore the value of traditional law reviews.
  • Professor Eugene Volokh discusses how new technologies allow prevention of law review errors and for the critique of same.

Source for post: Daniel Solove’s Concurring Opinions

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