University of Colorado Law Review
Pierre Schlag, The Law Review Article, 88 U. Colo. L. Rev. 1043 (2017), available at https://scholar.law.colorado.edu/articles/515.
What is a law review article? Does America know? How might we help America in this regard? Here, we approach the first question on the bias: As we have found, a growing body of learning and empirical evidence shows that genres are not merely forms, but forms that anticipate their substance. In this Article, then, we try to capture this action by undertaking the first and only comprehensive “performative study” of the genre of the law review article.
Drawing upon methodological advances and new learning far beyond anything thought previously possible, we investigate “the law review article” qua genre. What is it? What does it do? What are its implications? How does it make you feel?
By teasing out the infrastructural determinations section by section, we demonstrate rigorously that there is both far more (and far less) going on than meets the eye. In what is the first instance in the history of the United States (and perhaps the world) we enact in each section of the law review article (e.g., Part I, Part II) whatever that section is ideally supposed to accomplish. This is what we mean by “performative study.” Using this approach, the reader can experience first-hand what the law review article does to him or her IRL. In a more conventional vein, it is hoped that this Article will be useful to junior legal scholars, young scholars’ workshops, elite law school boot camps, faculty evaluation committees, associate deans for research, law review editors, and law school deans everywhere.
The Article closes with a call for improvements to the law review genre, cooperative federalism, daylight savings time, and the nature of the universe generally. The Article is addressed not merely to the Court, but to the President, to Congress, and, of course, to “We the People.” Perhaps more than anything, we call for further sustained study of “the law review effect.” A sequel, entitled “Dissertation Disease,” is currently contemplated in order to undertake a similar study of the University Press Monograph.
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