Over the next couple of weeks, the law journal submission season will enter full swing. Because there are only a limited number of publication slots at elite law journals—and there is a perception, if not a reality, that a strong placement affects pay, promotion, and lateral offers—this positional competition creates severe angst among law professors that often ends in disappointment.
To help elucidate the inner-workings of this
process, the ELS Blog will be hosting a forum today and tomorrow (August 14-15)
on a recent empirical study by Jason Nance and Dylan Steinberg, “The Law Review
Article Selection Process: Results from a National Study.” The authors are 2006 graduates of the
University of Pennsylvania Law School, where they served as Articles Editors on
This forum will also include commentary on the Nance-Steinberg study by Benjamin Barton (Tennessee Law), Christine Hurt (Illinois Law and The Conglomerate), Ahmed Taha (Wake Forest Law), and our own Chris Zorn. I will begin the forum with a short summary of the Nance-Steinberg study.