Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A Hilarious (In The Footnotes) Yet Serious (In The Text) Discussion Of Law Reviews And Law Professors

Joe Lawprofblawg (Anonymous Professor, Top 100 Law School) & Darren Bush (Houston), The Most Important Law Review Article You'll Never Read: A Hilarious (in the Footnotes) yet Serious (in the Text) Discussion of Law Reviews and Law Professors:

No! Stop! Go back! Reading the abstract is like taking the red pill in the Matrix.

In this article we discuss “the game.” “The game” is the quest for measuring scholarship success using metrics such as law review ranking, citation counts, downloads, and other indicia of scholarship “quality.” We argue that this game is rigged, inherently biased against authors from lower ranked schools, women, minorities, and faculty who teach legal writing, clinical, and library courses. As such, playing “the game” in a Sisyphean effort to achieve external validation is a losing one for all but a few. Instead, we argue that faculty members should reject this entrenched and virulent hierarchy, and focus on the primary purposes of writing, which are to foster innovation in a fashion that is both pleasing to the author and that improves society. We discuss this rigged game, and seek to reframe our academic life to focus on enhancing innovation and discourse. We would start by skipping abstract writing.

Now go back to your life. Don't even think about downloading and reading this. It's too dangerous.

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Thanks for writing and posting this thought-provoking and witty article that creates opportunities for self-reflection and community discussion.

Posted by: Hilary Escajeda | Feb 27, 2019 8:21:49 AM

"We argue that this game is rigged, inherently biased against authors from lower ranked schools"

Yes, the Matthew Effect. I believe I mentioned this in a thread a few days ago, though curiously my latest submission to that thread has been lost in the matrix, as it were.

Goodhart's Law and Campbell's Law are also applicable here.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Feb 26, 2019 10:20:33 PM