Law Reviews and Blogs
I have a somewhat different take on Adam Liptak’s critique of law reviews that was published earlier this week. My view is that law reviews are suffering from the same problem that all print media face–they are less relevant in a world of blogs and social media. The difference is that with respect to newspapers and magazines, those market and technological forces have caused a contraction in “old media.” When it comes to law reviews, though, there has been no contraction because they are subsidized by the schools.
This leads me to ask the following question: If there are fewer law students, fewer law professors, and more opportunities to publish outside of law reviews, shouldn’t there also be fewer law reviews? Now I understand why schools have not cut funding to journals (there would be angry students and alumni), but perhaps deans and faculties ought to reexamine how many journals a school ought to support.