42 Ill. L. Rev. 424 (1947-1948)
Law Review and the Law School: Some Reflections about Legal Education

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Some Reflections About Legal
Harold Marsh, Jr.*
F OR almost sixty years the legal periodical published by the
students and faculties of our universities, the law review,
has been an integral part of our legal environment.' It has an
accepted place in the law office, the judicial chamber, and in
the law-school discipline itself. Its exact type is unique among
the nations of the world, for neither in England nor on the
Continent are legal journals published by universities and con-
tributed to by students as part of their legal training.2 Yet
those who participate in the work of the law reviews are given
singularly little to introspection. A search of the Index to
Legal Periodicals will reveal no more than a handful of articles
about law reviews published in a law review (certainly an
appropriate place for such speculation) .3 In the few discus-
sions which have appeared, mention is usually made in pass-
ing - but only in passing - that the law review undoubtedly
renders a great service to those students who write for it, by
furnishing a superior type of legal training. Only one article
has appeared which views the law review primarily as an edu-
cational device,4 and that takes the extreme form of a somewhat
hasty proposal to supplant the present case-book method of
instruction entirely by law-review work supplemented by lec-
tures and texts.
It is desired in this paper to make a tentative analysis of the
law review as an educational institution and to outline hesi-
tantly one possible future of that institution. That the time is
appropriate for a reconsideration of objectives is apparent. All
law reviews have been attenuated during the war years, and
some have expired altogether. The latter are being revived
and the former returning to full strength, and in many cases
their direction being taken over more largely by the student
* University Fellow in Law, Columbia University, 1946-1947. As-
sistant Professor of Law, University of Washington.
1 McKelvey, The Law School Review, 1887-1937 (1937) 50 Harv. L.
Rev. 868.
2 Pound, Types of Legal Periodicals (1929) 14 Iowa L. Rev. 257.
3 Only thirty-eight articles could be found on law reviews from
1907 to date. The great majority of these articles averaged only three
or four pages in length.
4 Westwood, The Law Review Should Become the Law School (1945)
31 Va. L. Rev. 913.

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