Nominally Empirical Evidence of Unraveling in the Law Review Market

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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5 Responses

  1. Al Bophy says:


    Very interesting data. Sounds like Expresso is gaining in popularity. I’d like to hear more of your thoughts on that. Is this something we should be happy about? But a moratorium on submissions before March 1. Why?

  2. Christine says:

    Dave — interesting stuff. One thing — the number of offers seems to relate more to the actions of the submitter than the reviews. If you are an avid expediter and start with a journal #78 and expedite with every journal starting at #77, then you’ll end up with more offers. If you send out to 60 journals, get one offer and stop, you won’t. You can just gin up offers.

  3. Dave Hoffman says:

    Al, well, my feeling is that there is no reason to expect that current backward creep in submissions to stop – submissions in 07 might start in early to mid feb.; in 08 late january, etc. This would be (in my opinion) a bad effect, because it would make it more difficult to workshop during the school year. On the other side, journals are under increasing pressure to take pieces quickly, without a significant review time. This means that the system is likely selecting for flash over substance more of the time.

    Christine: You are right, of course, that expedites produce offers (some of the time). But that isn’t totally in the submitter’s choice. ExpressO and electronic submission generally leads to too many article submitted to “top” journals, resulting in those journals relying on proxies like letterhead and prior offers when deciding whether to read articles in the first place.

  4. Ann Bartow says:

    Hey Dave,

    This is sort of ORTHONGONAL to your post (see how subtly I integrate jargon?) but I noticed something interesting. Leiter listed the “‘Top Ten’ Corporate & Securities Articles for 2005” here:

    Look how many were published by the authors’ home law reviews! I don’t know what if anything that means, but it surprised me.

  5. Seth R. says:

    Honestly, I’d like to see a lot more of move toward a peer review system.

    But really the biggest opponents of that kind of thing are the school faculty themselves who don’t want another time commitment.