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September 7, 2006

YLJ Pocket Part on the future of legal scholarship

The Yale Law Journal Pocket Part has just published this on-line symposium entitled the "Future of Legal Scholarship."  The symposium includes an eclectic set of pieces from an eclectic set of law professors, most of whom are well-known bloggers. 

Folks interested in the "blog as scholarship" debate will be drawn to this piece from Jack Balkin, entitled "Online Legal Scholarship: The Medium and the Message."  Jack's closing paragraphs echo themes I developed in my article "Scholarship in Action: The Power, Possibilities, and Pitfalls for Law Professor Blogs" (available here) presented at last April's Harvard Law School symposium.  Here is Jack's astute concluding sentiment:

The wrong question to focus on is whether hiring committees should count blogging as legal scholarship.  The right question is how we should re-imagine our vocation as professors of law in light of new online media.  Should we continue to speak mostly to ourselves and our students, or should we spend more time trying to teach and influence the outside world?  That choice will determine whether we increasingly value blogging or stick with traditional forms of scholarship.  There are many possible paths to choose from, but if you don't know where you are going, almost any road will get you there.

Some related posts on law blogging and scholarship:

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