Thursday, March 28, 2019
LawProfBlawg (Anonymous Professor, Top 100 Law School), Law Reviews And The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy:
It’s time once again to take a look at things in the top 10 law review front. ... Out of the top 10 law journals, 80 percent of the publications in top 10 law reviews for 2018 are written by authors whose alma mater is one of those schools. ... In 2018, Yale Law School J.D. alums account for 25 percent of all T10 articles published. Harvard accounts for 19 percent. ...
What this does suggest is that, unsurprisingly, the hierarchy perpetuates itself. As the data suggests, there is some modicum of privilege that arises from being an alum of a highly ranked law school. One might call it classism in academia. Even if you decide not to call it that, it’s a combination of unsavory things that give rise to hierarchy.
It might be the case that the top 10 law schools have such a monopoly over legal education that there are few other professors available who are alums from other schools. It might be the case that professors who are alums of lower ranked schools just don’t bother to submit to the top 10 law reviews. Or, maybe those professors just don’t write as well those from top 10 law reviews so the prophecy is justifiably self-fulfilling.
Or, it might be the case that the world of legal academia is an anti-intellectual, self-perpetuating hierarchy.