1 K.C.L.J. 91 (1990-1991)
The Journal of Legal History 1980-1990

handle is hein.journals/kingsclj1 and id is 93 raw text is: Research Notes

or will you care enough to make a difference? These goals and challenges
that I offer are not pipe dreams, they are real possibilities and whether
we strive to achieve them as lawyers will depend upon the moral
philosophies that guide our daily lives.
It is for these reasons, among others, that a message of the
conference was that access to education, the environment in which it
takes place and the manner in which it is conducted are all inextricably
linked to each other, to equality of opportunity, to the power that
teaching institutions have over their students and to the responsibili-
ties that law schools have to society.
Most countries have had special journals devoted to articles, notes
and book reviews on the subject of legal history. In Britain such
articles have appeared in general legal journals and in general
historical journals. There appeared to be a need for a specialist
journal on the subject as well. This would provide an opportunity
for publication of more material and an extension of the range in
date. Time is always slipping by and to-day's current law soon
becomes history. That such material exists and is valuable is confirmed
by the universally high quality of articles submitted to this journal
and the high standard of its language. Even Bernard Levin, no
sycophant of our legal apparatus, has admitted that lawyers are
almost the only people left who use standard English! The authors
of these articles are lawyers, historians, political scientists and other
qualified people. The advantage of a specialist journal would seem
to rest on the accelerated trend towards specialisation in the law and
the opportunity to have an editorial structure that would allow
ongoing contact with the contributors and an editorial policy. The
extension of subjects of interest allows an escape from the rather
incestuous attitude that articles are written to dispute other articles
within a very limited range of subjects and periods. For linguistic and
traditional reasons the journal tends to concentrate on the Anglo-
American world but this has not excluded foreign legal history of
interest to our readers and comprehensible by them. The history of
our own world also comprises its early roots and the ideas which
have influenced our notions of law itself.
The investigation of problems not yet easily solved retains a special
cachet, requiring special linguistic and palaeographic skills, but other
periods and other topics are also relatively unexplored and reward
research. Of the articles published in the journal this decade the

* Lecturer in Law, King's College London

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