Monday, November 06, 2006

Law reviews: student editors again

Most law review editors in the U.S. system do not know how to edit and, in many cases, do not fully understand what they are editing. Most U.S. law-review editors are second- and third-year law students. They are typically highly intelligent and highly driven. Serving on law review is a role that falls to the best students and, although very time-consuming, is usually accepted by them as a prestigious marker of achievement within law school. These editors usually edit the articles extensively seeking to improve their written expression, and they check each and every citation for substantive and formal accuracy. Each function is of questionable importance and is questionably performed.

--Anonymous law professor

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