For the first time in years, actually probably ever, I had a bunch of pieces in circulation in the fall law review submission cycle. I'm used to struggling to place my legal history. I get legal history pieces often don't get citations, which some people care about. I'm skeptical of the focus on citations. Still everyone has the right to think in utilitarian terms. This also makes me long in some ways for the days when history mattered. I suppose that's why we should be writing more about applied legal history and less on the jurisprudence of slavery or certainly popular constitutionalism in the dedication addresses of pre-Civil War cemeteries! (Come the spring, though, I have a better title for the latter piece. Thanks to my colleague Richard Myers it's going to be "The Road to the Gettysburg Address.") Still, I ask, why did I have a problem placing ranking law schools with LSATs, Employment Outcome, and Law Review Citations? I mean everyone seems to care about that. (Gossip sells, doesn't it? Or at least you can give it away for free). Anyway, this leads to a question.
It seems like a lot of journals were announcing on bepress and scholarstica that they were already full for the year this summer and telling us to check back in the spring of 2015. The few law review editors I've had a chance to speak with tell me that they had very few slots left by mid-August. This causes me to wonder -- and I'm guessing other people have speculated on this, too -- whether we're essentially moving ot one submission window, in the spring? I would think this would have a lot of negative consequences for people up for retention, promotion, and tenure, because I'm guessing that a lot of people are finishing their capstone piece in the summer and looking to place it in the fall.
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