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Saturday, March 17, 2018

How Much Time Does It Take to Write a Law Review Article? 250-500 Hours

Robert Anderson (Pepperdine), How Much Time Does It Take to Write a Law Review Article?:

How long does it take to write a law review article? This question sometimes arises as law faculties balance the competing expectations of teaching, service, and scholarship. ...

In an attempt to develop some back-of-the-envelope estimates on the amount of time to write a law review article, I ran the following poll on Twitter. The poll received 246 votes and the results appear to reflect a fairly surprising degree of consensus. 


Of course, some articles will require more time and some less time, so this estimate is only meaningful in the aggregate. In addition, some respondents answered only based on actual "writing" time, while other respondents may have included research time. Thus, the total amount of time required to produce a law review article (writing + research) is likely longer.

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The answer depends in substantial part on the word count, the writer's experience in drafting law review articles, the topic of the article, and the writer's expertise. I think that an experienced writer, if drafting an article in his or her area(s) of expertise, can probably draft a high-quality law review article of approximately 20-25,000 words in under 40 hours.

Posted by: Adam Lamparello | Mar 17, 2018 6:05:53 PM

#Hyperbole #Gullible

Posted by: Enrique | Mar 18, 2018 1:00:04 AM

If it only takes 40 hours to write a high quality article, why would anyone cease writing? Spending a week a year to please your Dean, potentially earn a 5 figure summer stipend, etc. seems like a no-brainer.

Posted by: Matthew Bruckner | Mar 18, 2018 2:26:47 PM

It's ridiculously to claim a high-quality law review article can be written in 40 hours. Maybe Cass Sunstein can do it, but not the rest of us.

Posted by: Anonprof06 | Mar 19, 2018 4:54:41 AM