The Journal of Legal Education’s Bipolar Issue

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. Zach says:

    Good post, but what does it have to do with bipolar disorder?

  2. Joe Miller says:

    As opposed to regular law reviews, which are directly subsidized by nonpracticing lawyers, otherwise known as tuition-paying law students?

  3. Dave Hoffman says:

    Zach – it has nothing to do with the disorder. I was using bipolar in the non-technical sense, i.e., “having or marked by two mutually repellent forces or diametrically opposed natures or views”.

    Joe: Well there is a pretty big difference. Students get some return for their subsidy – an ability to join the journal, learn something, and get educational credit. What do practicing lawyers get by the publication of the journal of legal education? Though of course you could also have pointed out that the AALS appears to also subsidize the journal, so the students end up paying some of the subsidy.

  4. TJ says:

    Dave, you make it sound like Westlaw is a non-profit corporation so that, if they didn’t publish stuff like the Journal of Legal Education, they would return the money back to clients. Last time I checked Thompson Reuters is a publicly traded company. So its shareholders might be altruistically subsidizing the journal (though I doubt it), but its clients definitely are not.

  5. Because says:

    Interesting; though intuitively not all that surprising. Would like to amend, where possible, your closing thought to include: “Doing well in law school doesn’t make you a good lawyer in practice, either.”

    C’ est vrai homme.