Legal Scholarship: A Corporate Scholar’s Perspective

Jonathan R. Macey


There will never be an article about legal scholarship as good as the three paragraph article that Arthur Leff wrote in 1981. Professor Leff elegantly settles the question of what legal scholarship is and why legal scholars (sometimes, though not always) do it. "Legal scholarship is what legal scholars do." Legal scholarship-unlike the scholarship in other fields-comes in such a wide range of types, styles, and methodologies that descriptions at lower levels of generalization than Professor Leffs necessarily turn out to be both under inclusive (leaving out important work that is of keen interest to lawyers and law professors) and over inclusive (capturing work that might better be described as economics, sociology, history, or anthropology).