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Comment and Notes

Categories of Comments

Comment- Examines one aspect of the law. 

1. "case cruncher" - analysis of case law in a confused, conflicting, or transitional area of law or where the doctrine is old and needs to be changed; author offers a solution.

2. law reform - legal rule or institution is not incoherent but has bad consequences: author shows how to change the rule to avoid the problems.

3. legislative note - analysis of proposed or recently enacted legislation.

4. interdisciplinary article - author shows how insights from another field can enable the law to deal better with recurring problems.

5. theory-fitting article - examines developments in an area of law that give rise to a new legal theory or tort.

6. comparative law articles - other legal systems may treat a problem more effectively or more humanely than does others

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7. bookish, learned dialogues - continuations of a preexisting debate

8. legal history - origins and development of a legal rule or institution sheds lights on its current operation or shortcomings

9. legal profession, legal language, legal argument, or legal education

10. empirical research article


Richard Delgado, How to Write a Law Review Article, 20 University of San Francisco Law Review 445, 1986.
(also on HeinOnline)
Elizabeth Fajans and Mary R. Falk, Scholarly Writing for Law Students 6 (4th ed. 2011).