Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Law Journal Conference

Loyola University Chicago Law Journal Conference

The Future of Legal Scholarship

Friday, April 6, 2018
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This symposium will explore the future of legal scholarship and how it impacts law and society. What are the legitimate scholarly uses of social media? What are the risks? To what degree has scholarship transformed into activism once it leaves the law review? What is (or should be) the role of law professor experts in court and in the public sphere?

Panel I: What is a Good Law Review Article?

This panel will cover how to determine, absent the usual proxies of placement and author, what constitutes a good academic piece. Must it contribute in some meaningful way to existing legal questions, or is it sufficient that it generate a foundation for research that does so in the future? What are the entry barriers for a good article to be noticed in the marketplace of ideas?

Panel II: Does Scholarship Live and Die in a Vacuum? 

This panel will explore the purpose of scholarship, apart from the self-serving interests of the author in getting tenure and accolades. Should law professors be advocates, engaging in amicus briefs? Should engagement with the community (op eds and the press) count as scholarship?

Lunch: Keynote Speaker- The Honorable Richard Posner

Panel III: Scholarship Exceptionalism: The Dangers of Measuring Success

This panel will discuss the perils of measurement. While productivity is often measured in the economy, is the ability to measure scholarly success limited? This panel discusses some of the biases of measurement, and problems with such measurement. These measurements often negatively affect the untenured, and more specifically professors of color and women.

For more information contact Olivia Sullivan at osullivan@luc.edu.