The Legal Mechanics’ Law Library: Cramton Wing

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The Legal Mechanics’ Law Library is designed to promote access to all of the scholarly literature on legal scholarship. The goal is to further the craft of legal writing by tracing the history of legal scholarship. What makes for a good law review article? What makes for a good law review? Many have tried to answer such questions over the years. Rather than try to answer this question myself, I instead provide the materials for anyone interested in cultivating a better understanding of the role legal scholarship has played over the past century. For more on the project and easy access to the other wings, visit the Library homepage.

The Cramton Wing (1980–1989)


Richard A. Posner, The Present Situation in Legal Scholarship, 90 Yale L.J. 1113 (1980)

Barbara H Cane, Comment, The Role of Law Review in Legal Education, 31 J. Legal Educ. 215 (1981)

Dennis J. Turner, Publish or Be Damned, 31 J. Legal Educ. 550 (1981)

Mark V. Tushnet, Legal Scholarship: Its Causes and Cure, 90 Yale L.J. 1205 (1981)

Josh E. Fidler, Law-Review Operations and Management: An Empirical Study of the New York University Law Review Alumni Association, 33 J. Legal Educ. 48 (1983)

Fred R. Shapiro, The Most-Cited Law Review Articles, 73 Calif. L. Rev. 1540 (1985)

James C. Raymond, Editing Law Reviews: Some Practical Suggestions and a Moderately Revolutionary Proposal, 12 Pepp. L. Rev. 2 (1985)

John E. Nowak, Woe Unto You, Law Reviews!, 27 Ariz. L. Rev. 317 (1985)

Michael I. Swygert & Jon W. Bruce, The Historical Origins, Founding, and Early Development of Student-Edited Law Reviews, 36 Hastings L.J. 739 (1985)

Robert W. Benson, The End of Legalese: The Game Is Over, 13 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 519 (1985)


Richard Delgado, How to Write a Law Review Article, 20 U.S.F. L. Rev. 445 (1986)

Roger C. Cramton, Demystifying Legal Scholarship, 75 Geo. L.J. 1 (1986)

Ronald D. Rotunda, Law Reviews – The Extreme Centrist Position, 62 Indiana Law J. 1 (1986)

James Boyd White, Intellectual Integration, 82 Nw.U.L.Rev. 1 (1987)

Mark V. Tushnet, Legal Scholarship in the United States: An Overview, 50 Mod. L. Rev. 804 (1987)

Michael Vitiello, In Defense of Student-Run Law Reviews, 17 Cumb. L. Rev. 859 (1987)

Aside, Don’t Cry Over Filled Milk: The Neglected Footnote Three to Carolene Products, 136 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1553 (1988)

E. Joshua Rosenkranz, Law Review’s Empire, 39 Hastings L.J. 859 (1988)

Edward L. Rubin, The Practice and Discourse of Legal Scholarship, 86 Mich. L. Rev. 1835 (1988)

Frederick Ramos, Affirmative Action on Law Reviews: An Empirical Study of Its Status and Effect, 22 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 179 (1988)

Philip Kissam, The Evaluation of Legal Scholarship, 63 Wash. L. Rev. 221 (1988)

J.M. Balkin, The Footnote, 83 Nw. U. L. Rev. 275 (1989)

Robert M. Jarvis, Law Review Authors and Professional Responsibility: A Proposal For Articulated Standards, 38 Drake L. Rev. 889 (1989)

W. Lawrence Church, A Plea for Readable Law Review Articles, 1989 Wis. L. Rev. 738

 Symposium Issues and Collections

Symposium, Student-Edited Law Reviews, 36 J. Legal Educ. 1–23 (1986)

Roger C. Cramton, The Most Remarkable Institution”: The American Law Review, 36 J. Legal Educ. 1 (1986)

Paul D. Carrington, The Dangers of the Graduate School Model, 36 J. Legal Educ. 11 (1986)

John J. Kester, Faculty Participation in the Student-Edited Law Review, 36 J. Legal Educ. 14 (1986)

John Henry Schlegel, An Endangered Species?, 36 J. Legal Educ. 18 (1986)

Elyce H. Zenoff, I Have Seen the Enemy and They Are Us, 36 J. Legal Educ. 21 (1986)

Project, Legal Scholarship, 39 J. Legal Educ. 313–430 (1989)

Judith S. Kaye, One Judge’s View of Academic Law Writing Review, 39 J. Legal Educ. 313 (1989)

Peter H. Schuck, Why Don’t Law Professors Do More Empirical Research?, 39 J. Legal Educ. 323 (1989)

Julius Getman, The Internal Scholarly Jury, 39 J. Legal Educ. 337 (1989)

John S. Elson, The Case Against Legal Scholarship or, If the Professor Must Publish, Must the Profession Perish?, 39 J. Legal Educ. 343 (1989)

Erik M. Jensen, The Law Review Manuscript Glut: The Need for Guidelines, 39 J. Legal Educ. 383 (1989)

Jordan H. Leibman & James P. White, How the Student-Edited Law Journals Make Their Publication Decisions, 39 J. Legal Educ. 387 (1989)

D.H. Kaye, Dear Editor, 39 J. Legal Educ. 427 (1989)



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Brian M. Stewart is the owner of Legal Mechanics, LLC, a writing and editing company specializing in works of legal scholarship. He has previously been published in the UC Davis Business Law Journal, the Florida Historical Quarterly, The Green Bag, and the University of Miami Law Review (twice).

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