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Advice to Law Students on Publishing Their Student Work:

Frank Pasquale, at Concurring Opinions, gives some tips; it's much worth reading (and I don't just think so because of his kind words about my Academic Legal Writing book).

I do differ with him on one matter: I encourage students to submit to main law reviews, and not just specialty journals; some main law reviews won't publish work by students at other schools, but some do. And now that submission is free and easy, using Berkeley Electronic Press's ExpressO (assuming your school has a site license for it, which many schools do) or SSRN's eSubmissions (click on Submit, make sure you're configured as a user, and then go to eSubmissions), you should definitely try it. As Wayne Gretzky supposedly said, you miss 100% of the shots you never take.

FAVORITE COMMENT UPDATE: A commenter writes: "Some blogger on his taxonomy should give him a job or pay him." Jared K. responds: "He's not getting paid, but he is getting credit, which is like getting paid but instead he pays someone else."

DaveK (mail):
A related question on behalf of both students and recent-graduate practitioners and clerks:

Assuming you've used ExpressO or your own sweat to apply to zillions of law reviews, and you've been fortunate enough to get a few offers, how do you decide which one to pick?

As a realistic matter, neither students nor recent grads are likely to get an offer from Harvard Law Review, but the Eastern Miami Law Review or the Duke Journal of Taxation may be different stories.

In terms of usefulness to scholars, practitioners, and my own resume, how do I choose between them? If prestige is all I should be looking at, how do I gauge it? And if there are other considerations, what are they? I'm familiar with the Most-Cited American Legal Periodicals and similar lists, but I'm having a hard time normalizing the prestige of specialty journals to general ones, as well as figuring out what, besides some notion of prestige, matters.
4.10.2006 8:58pm
jc:
First Moneyball, now Wayne Gretzky - that's a lot of sports for one day, Eugene!
4.10.2006 9:05pm
Bruce:
What made Gretzky great though was that he knew when to shoot and when to pass -- and did both flawlessly.
4.10.2006 11:24pm
Katherine (mail):
The "send to every journal imaginable except specialty ones outside my area" approach worked for me with my 3L paper. My first offer was from a general interest one from a fairly obscure law school which I never would've tried without Expresso--I don't know if the place where I ended up publishing (which was more specialized, at a non-obscure school) would've looked at it seriously without the expedite request.
4.11.2006 12:49am
Kovarsky (mail):
Express-O, at least as of a year ago, needed to get its act together with formatting. Yes, you can send your piece out with the click of a button, but they go out looking like crappy book reports. Very unproffetional.
4.11.2006 4:45am
anon) (mail):
Unfortunately, professors generally only tell their favorite students (that is, the ones with social skills that pretend to be interested in what they have to say) that their work should be published. In truth, even non-socially-skilled students write publishable work.
4.11.2006 9:35am
rick:
A little while ago someone posted on publishing in non-law journals - I think it was Prof. Barnett. Does anyone know when that was?
4.11.2006 10:19am
Dave S. (mail) (www):
Professor Volokh, any thoughts on Russia's Alex Ovechkin scoring 100 points in his rookie season? With one more goal, Ovechkin will become only the second NHL rookie to score 50 goals and 100 points.
4.11.2006 10:35am
DC Lawyer (mail):
Is there a guide for non-law students on turning their ideas and practice work into articles? I'm tempted to buy Prof. Volokh's book, but much of it focuses on students, getting on law review, etc. Been there, done that. Now I need something to get me going writing while practicing and that will help me navigate peddling my work from the firm.

Any thoughts?
4.11.2006 7:03pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
DC Lawyer: Part I.C of my book talks about this very subject; e-mail me, and I'll send you a copy of that subsection.
4.11.2006 9:00pm