Hierarchies of Legal Scholarship

J.B. Ruhl recently came out with his hierarchy of legal scholarship, ranking types of articles from 0 to 10. His hierarchy has generated a ton of controversy (see here, here, and here). Here’s his ranking:

0 – Blog posts

1 – Publication of what are essentially blog posts with footnotes

2 – Doctrinal review of the state of the law

3 – Doctrinal study of interesting questions of law

4 – Doctrinal synthesis of developments in law

5 – Normative policy analysis of law

6 – Normative policy analysis of law with substantial reform proposals

7 – Legal theory

8 – “Law and” interdisciplinary studies

9 – Empirical study of legal institutions

10 – Empirical study of law’s impact on society

Now, in playful mockery of Ruhl’s hierarchy, Eric Muller has created another hierarchy of legal scholarship. A small taste:

2 – Work in my field that totally ought to cite my work but fails to do so

3 – First novels by professors at Yale Law School

4 – Student-written work by me

5 – Work that cites my work

Hat tip: Above the Law

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1 Response

  1. Mr. K says:

    Where does “Work by me that cites my work” fit in? Or “Work by me that cites my student-written work”?

    You know who you are…