The Michigan Law Review is one of the oldest and most prestigious American law reviews, having begun publication in 1902, after Gustavus Ohlinger, a student in the Law Department of the University of Michigan, approached the Dean with a proposal for a law journal. The Michigan Law Review was originally intended as a forum in which the faculty of the Law Department could publish its legal scholarship. The faculty resolution creating the Michigan Law Review required every faculty member to submit two articles per year to the new journal. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (609x909, 128 KB)Typical cover of the Michigan Law Review. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (609x909, 128 KB)Typical cover of the Michigan Law Review. ... A law review is a scholarly journal focusing on legal issues, published by an organization of students at a law school. ... 1902 (MCMII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... An aerial view of the Law Quadrangle at the University of Michigan. ... University of Michigan, Ann Arbor The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U-M or U of M) is a public coeducational university in Michigan, United States. ...
From its inception until 1940, the Michigan Law Review's student members worked under the direction of faculty members who served as Editor-in-Chief — the first was Floyd Mechem, the last Paul Kauper. In 1940, the first student Editor-in-Chief was selected. During the years that followed, student editors were given increasing responsibility and autonomy; today, the Michigan Law Review is run with no faculty supervision. Seven of each volume's eight issues ordinarily are composed of two major parts: Articles by legal scholars and practitioners and Notes written by the student editors. One issue in each volume is devoted to book reviews. Occasionally special issues are devoted to symposia or colloquia.
Lawreview and moot court are the two most significant activities of this nature in which law students can engage.
Lawreview articles are typically written by law professors, legal practitioners, and judges although many lawreviews also publish shorter articles written by students, called 'notes' or 'comments.' Submissions are typically required to be cite-edited in the bluebook format, which is itself a collaborative product of four lawreviews.
Students who have completed the first year of law school are usually selected to serve on the lawreview based on their grades (referred to as a 'grade-on' system), their performance in a scholastic contest known as a write-on competition, or some combination of these elements.
This administrative law or regulatory law is in contrast to statutory or case law.
By constrast, decisions in the courts of most civil law jurisdictions are generally very short, referring only to the statutes A statute is a formal, written law of a country or state, written and enacted by its legislative authority, perhaps to then be ratified by the highest executive in the government, and finally published.
Because court decisions in civil law traditions are brief and not amenable to establishing precedent, much of the exposition of the law in civil law traditions is done by academics rather than by judges, this is called doctrine and may be published in treatises or in journals such as Recueil Dalloz in France.
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