44 Denv. L.J. 426 (1967)
The Law Review - Is It Meeting the Needs of the Legal Community

handle is hein.journals/denlr44 and id is 438 raw text is: THE LAW REVIEW- Is IT MEETING THE
NEEDS OF THE LEGAL COMMUNITY?*
INTRODUCTION
O VER 35 years ago, Mr. Justice Cardozo observed that leadership
in legal thought had passed from the benches of the courts to
the chairs of the universities, thus stimulating a willingness to cite
more law review essays in briefs and opinions in order to buttress a
conclusion. He noted that the advance in prestige of university life
had been accompanied with a corresponding advance in the prestige
of their law reviews.'
The law review occupies a unique position in the legal system
today. Most law reviews are largely student-run institutions, publish-
ing a variety of articles authored by professors, practitioners and
students, and covering many facets of the law. Indeed, it might be
said that the law review has the unique quality of allowing both
master and apprentice to express their views. In few, if any, other
professional periodicals does the student author have the opportunity
to have his research and conclusions published for distribution to the
profession.
If one accepts the proposition that the law review is somewhat
analogous to the judicial opinion or the attorney's brief as an expres-
sion of the law, that is, the legal opinion of the academician, and
if one accepts Mr. Justice Cardozo's observation concerning the rise
in prestige of the university in legal thought, then the position of
the law review is indeed an enviable one.
The law review as an institution is not new. The oldest con-
tinuously published American law journal today is the University of
Pennsylvania Law Review.2 To date there are approximately 102
student-run periodicals listed in the Index to Legal Periodicals.
*This article represents the culmination of a one-year survey of the content of law
reviews and their evaluation by the legal profession, conducted by the Denver Law
Journal. The initial results were presented at the Thirteenth National Conference of
Law Reviews in San Francisco, California, in March, 1967. The authors wish to express
their appreciation to the staff for its participation in the collection of initial data
and to the Administration of Justice Program of the University of Denver College of
Law for its assistance in data compilation.
'Cardozo, Introduction, in SELECTED READINGS ON THE LAW OF CONTRACTS ix (Ass'n.
Am. L. Schools ed. 1931).
'Douglas, Law Reviews and Full Disclosure, 40 WASH. L. REv. 227, 228 (1965).
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