Scholarship Amok: Excesses in Pursuit of Truth and Tenure
EXCESS IN PURSUIT OF TRUTH AND TENURE (AN ANALYSIS)
The Journal article of Yale Law Professor Fred Rodell during the early 1937’s created a worldwide sensation in the practice of law and law students about his judgment and criticism about the writings of legal scholars and its literary relevance to scholarship in which he thought obscure and unnecessary but only done mostly for the purpose of promotion and tenure. According to Fred the journal and law review of scholars met the following criteria that are significant, analytical, maybe well written and disinterested. He claims that there are two things that are wrong with almost all legal writings. The first is its style and the second is its content.
He believed that reviewing the journal is just a waste of time and it may even be irrelevant since it can be the same in meaning only different in words, scholars my exert their effort only to be misjudged because they cannot or in any way change or alter but can only give reviews to such law in the form of journal. He even insisted that the journals are just legislation reviews of garbage in the sense that repetitive and redundancy abound, long winding, boring but still the same review hiding in plagiarism and reviews should be spent on a more progressive manner. He concluded that the law is just reviewing the same law for the purpose of printing so that they can earn from pages to pages.
The review of scholars are never practical in his eyes knowing that there are over 800 periodicals to review or 5000 journals yearly and it would take forever that there are possibilities always everyday there will be a published reviews because of the newsprint media. He thought about the numbers how it would be published. He has challenge the scholars why there is a need to review the obscure law review of manure or why there is a need to review 141 several articles of solid waste management? What about the potato law? In his mind he knew that the only purpose of the review is maybe to correct its ideas and its wrong literacy rather than the scholars would be deceive and treat this activity as their chosen God.
The words or Rodell arouse the emotion of anger of most of his colleague when he himself is a scholar as if he self denounce his own profession and mostly rebel against his journal and critical against his words. According to lawyer professor Kenneth Lasson; Lawyers are all intelligent and honorable in their advocacy, fair and ethical and their journals are published in a well edited manner. Scholars exert their effort to review and research the journal of law although it may seem conventional but it’s all rewarding for the purpose of their effort they should not be disregarded nor belittled in their own rights. The research of scholars is comprehensive, engaging and rightful to be published, that is why every law school has their own review of the law and they have their own reputation to depend.
Schools of law defended their curriculum to be just and binding and students are proud without violence and they permeate the fate that they have joined and they were contented to do it only for the purpose of their new found profession and they succeed. Lawyers must learn to sip the fruit of their labor before they can benefit, they are tested and trained so they can be strong rather be decisive and rebellious about their works. They must be servant before they can be master and they must learn to follow before they command and it is just right to do things that has been concluded as effective the curriculum of such law and the generation of such journals are just enough for the scholars.
Their Journals are their possession even if they are not published in the original content or maybe comparative to other scholars they toil day and night and they are willing to suffer the consequence of their own course only to depend that they are worthy and they should be praised. In today’s practice the advent version of review is much easier because of the use of the internet and computer technology that can type and read words that they need to review but review of scholars is always a practice and published in the form of journal publication of law students who want have a degree of law. They are never unwilling and their desire rise up to the occasion their commitment is always strong to follow such advocacy, some will succeed and some will fail some of their research can even be a part of the publication or it can be a part of history but whatever criticism they have had the scholars and their journals still remains the same practice as they have hundred years ago. (Like waters for the law review: An introduction to the language of law by: Ross E. Davies)