The Journal of Legal Analysis.

The first issue of the Journal of Legal Analysis has appeared. Several features should be noted:

1. It is faculty edited and peer reviewed.

2. It publishes "scholarship from all disciplinary perspectives and in all styles, whether verbal, formal, or empirical." This aspiration is confirmed by the selection of papers in the first issue.

3. It is free and online, and the articles appear on the web as they emerge from the editing process, rather than all at once. (A paper issue is also published.)

The Journal of Legal Analysis is not the first peer-reviewed journal for legal scholarship (there must be around a dozen), but it is the first that is not specialized by methodology or subject matter, and so it may offer some competition to law reviews. And a good thing! Law reviews have their place but peer review screens bad papers and contributes greatly to the quality of good papers, and faculty-edited journals don't demand excessive citation, unnecessary parenthetical-making, and the other forms of time wastage in which the law review system delights. May JLA prosper and spawn many imitators.

You may submit your papers here.

A Law Dawg:
May JLA prosper and spawn many imitators.

Justice League America? That's a journal I can get behind.
2.3.2009 5:00pm
If "peer review screens [out] bad papers," then law professors must be a lot different from sociology professors, is all I can say.
2.3.2009 5:01pm
A Law Dawg:
Sociology is little more than politics by other means.
2.3.2009 5:02pm
CDU (mail) (www):

Justice League America? That's a journal I can get behind.

Selected legal issues questions covered in the Justice League of America Journal of Legal Analysis (JLAJLA):
Does Superman's X-Ray vision count as a search for fourth amendment purposes? If Batman infiltrates a villain's hideout is he considered an agent of the government? Does the Martian Manhunter's testimony about information he gained by reading someone's mind violate the self-incrimination clause of the Fifth Amendment? Are law enforcement officers from extraterrestrial jurisdictions like Hawkgirl and Green Lantern entitled to qualified immunity?
2.3.2009 5:16pm
The website of JLA (published by Harvard) has a tool to put the article citations in 10 different formats for ya. As far as I can tell, none of the 10 formats are the Bluebook (published in part by Harvard Law Review).
2.3.2009 5:40pm
"excessive citation, unnecessary parenthetical-making, and the other forms of time wastage in which the law review system delights"

Hear hear! How I wish our law review would put this sort of commentary to good use! Why we destroy all the aesthetic and communicative values of good papers with needless citations and parentheticals eludes me.
2.3.2009 5:47pm
Bama 1L:
1Ler, can you back up those assertions with some authority?
2.3.2009 5:58pm
I love the title. The Journal of Legal Analysis. This fills a longstanding void.
2.3.2009 6:01pm
See 1Ler, supra comment 6, at para. 2 (noting the uselessness and offensiveness of citations that undermine the author's intellect, capabilities, and honesty).
2.3.2009 6:14pm
Jon Roland (mail) (www):
But are articles in it citable in court? A lot of lawyers write law review articles to make research they did for their briefs available to other cases. If I go to court I want to be able to cite my own articles.
2.3.2009 7:31pm
Why don't authors of law review articles simply refuse to add so many citations? If the law review editors insist that they be included, just tell them you won't let them publish your article. If you don't think that provides enough leverage against the elite journals, go after placement in lower journals that are more desperate to publish big name authors and thus more willing to acquiesce to such demands.

And on the other side, why so much hatred for excessive citation? Just pawn it off on a research assistant if you don't have time. If you can't find authority for your statements, don't include those statements unless you are very comfortable making those statements without any supporting citations.
2.3.2009 8:45pm
But is it BLIND peer-review? That makes a lot of difference.
2.3.2009 9:23pm
GU (mail):
<blockquote>And on the other side, why so much hatred for excessive citation? Just pawn it off on a research assistant if you don't have time.</blockquote>

This job is often pawned off on the law review's editors/staff.
2.3.2009 9:30pm
Joseph Slater (mail):
CDU wins the thread, although 1Ler's fine efforts should be recognized too.
2.3.2009 9:32pm
What means this "verbal" of which I hear speak?
2.3.2009 9:36pm
Dan in Euroland (mail):
". . .it is the first that is not specialized by methodology or subject matter. ."

I was under the impression that the Journal of Legal Studies was methodologically open, no?
2.3.2009 10:29pm
J. Roland, why wouldn't they be citable in court?

As far as I know, the only things not citable in court are non-precedential opinions in a few courts.
2.4.2009 2:29am
Do you find it comfortable there on the fence?
2.4.2009 8:18am
Thales (mail) (www):
Hoosier: I believe it means a state of discourse characterized by the use of words. Which makes me wonder whether formal and empirical work in the Journal will use only numbers and pictures (this might improve the expression of some of the legal scholarship I have read).
2.4.2009 10:42am
Alasdair (mail) (www):
It is certainly not the first peer-reviewed journal worldwide! all the major UK journals have always been peer reviewed and faculty run and I think most UK academics would look on in horror at the prospect of journals being edited by a student law review!
2.4.2009 12:30pm
Constructively Reasonable (www):
I was just elected Executive Editor of one of my school's journals (I just missed qualifying for law review, but made the most of the situation). Yet, my articles editor (responsible for my cite checks as a 2L) still insists that I put in parentheticals. This is an inane practice, for a good writer has typically laid a proper foundation for the cite already-- in text. Parentheticals simply restate the information stated in text in most cases, or offer useless or obvious information otherwise.

What other profession has students telling professors how to "properly cite" information?
2.4.2009 11:52pm

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