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Weekend Trivia Challenge - Top Cited Law Review Article of All Time

Prawfs_trivia_challenge_3According to a 1996 study by Fred R. Shapiro published in the Chicago-Kent Law Review, which law review article is the most cited of all time in other law review articles?

Answer below the fold ...

"The Problem of Social Cost" by Ronald H. Coase

The Journal of Law & Economics, vol. 3, p. 1 (1960)

Not a big surprise, huh? Below is a list of the top 50. See Fred R. Shapiro, The Most-Cited Law Review Articles Revisited, 71 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 751 (1996). The full list of the top 100 is in Shapiro's article.

By the way, Shapiro's article itself has done quite well, garnering 127 cites as of today. For comparison, the lowest ranked article to make Shapiro's top 100 had 204 cites.

Rank

Cites

Article

1

1741

Ronald H. Coase, The Problem of Social Cost, 3 J.L. & Econ. 1 (1960).

2

968

Herbert Wechsler, Toward Neutral Principles of Constitutional Law, 73 Harv. L. Rev. 1 (1959).

3

913

Gerald Gunther, The Supreme Court, 1971 Term--Foreword: In Search of Evolving Doctrine on a Changing Court: A Model for a Newer Equal Protection, 86 Harv. L. Rev. 1 (1972).

4

728

Charles A. Reich, The New Property, 73 Yale L.J. 733 (1964).

5

719

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., The Path of the Law, 10 Harv. L. Rev. 457 (1897).

6

645

Abram Chayes, The Role of the Judge in Public Law Litigation, 89 Harv. L. Rev. 1281 (1976).

7

609

Robert H. Bork, Neutral Principles and Some First Amendment Problems, 47 Ind. L.J. 1 (1971).

8

582

Richard B. Stewart, The Reformation of American Administrative Law, 88 Harv. L. Rev. 1667 (1975).

9

578

Samuel D. Warren & Louis D. Brandeis, The Right to Privacy, 4 Harv. L. Rev. 193 (1890).

10

550

Duncan Kennedy, Form and Substance in Private Law Adjudication, 89 Harv. L. Rev. 1685 (1976).

11

542

Guido Calabresi & A. Douglas Melamed, Property Rules, Liability Rules, and Inalienability: One View of the Cathedral, 85 Harv. L. Rev. 1089 (1972).

12

523

Frank I. Michelman, Property, Utility, and Fairness: Comments on the Ethical Foundations of ‘Just Compensation’ Law, 80 Harv. L. Rev. 1165 (1967).

13

489

Marc Galanter, Why the ‘Haves' Come Out Ahead: Speculations on the Limits of Legal Change, 9 Law & Soc'y Rev. 95 (1974).

14

460

Joseph Tussman & Jacobus tenBroek, The Equal Protection of the Laws, 37 Cal. L. Rev. 341 (1949).

15

454

Stewart Macaulay, Non-Contractual Relations in Business: A Preliminary Study, 28 Am. Soc. Rev. 55 (1963).

16

446

John Hart Ely, The Wages of Crying Wolf: A Comment on Roe v. Wade, 82 Yale L.J. 920 (1973).

17

436

William W. Van Alstyne, The Demise of the Right-Privilege Distinction in Constitutional Law, 81 Harv. L. Rev. 1439 (1968).

18

402

Owen M. Fiss, The Supreme Court, 1978 Term--Foreword: The Forms of Justice, 93 Harv. L. Rev. 1 (1979).

19

384

Henry G. Manne, Mergers and the Market for Corporate Control, 73 J. Pol. Econ. 110 (1965).

19

384

Frank I. Michelman, The Supreme Court, 1968 Term--Foreword: On Protecting the Poor Through the Fourteenth Amendment, 83 Harv. L. Rev. 7 (1969).

21

370

William L. Prosser, The Assault Upon the Citadel (Strict Liability to the Consumer), 69 Yale L.J. 1099 (1960).

22

360

Anthony G. Amsterdam, Perspectives on the Fourth Amendment, 58 Minn. L. Rev. 349 (1974).

23

357

Robert H. Mnookin & Lewis Kornhauser, Bargaining in the Shadow of the Law: The Case of Divorce, 88 Yale L.J. 950 (1979).

24

356

Frank H. Easterbrook & Daniel R. Fischel, The Proper Role of a Target's Management in Responding to a Tender Offer, 94 Harv. L. Rev. 1161 (1981).

25

355

Henry M. Hart, Jr., The Supreme Court, 1958 Term--Foreword: The Time Chart of the Justices, 73 Harv. L. Rev. 84 (1959).

26

346

William J. Brennan, Jr., State Constitutions and the Protection of Individual Rights, 90 Harv. L. Rev. 489 (1977).

27

341

Henry M. Hart, Jr., The Power of Congress to Limit the Jurisdiction of Federal Courts: An Exercise in Dialectic, 66 Harv. L. Rev. 1362 (1953).

28

340

H.L.A. Hart, Positivism and the Separation of Law and Morals, 71 Harv. L. Rev. 593 (1958).

29

338

Laurence H. Tribe, Trial by Mathematics: Precision and Ritual in the Legal Process, 84 Harv. L. Rev. 1329 (1971).

30

337

Paul Brest, The Misconceived Quest for the Original Understanding, 60 B.U. L. Rev. 204 (1980).

31

336

John Hart Ely, Legislative and Administrative Motivation in Constitutional Law, 79 Yale L.J. 1205 (1970).

32

327

Roberto Mangabeira Unger, The Critical Legal Studies Movement, 96 Harv. L. Rev. 561 (1983).

33

323

Thomas I. Emerson, Toward a General Theory of the First Amendment, 72 Yale L.J. 877 (1963).

34

319

Alexander Meiklejohn, The First Amendment is an Absolute, 1961 Sup. Ct. Rev. 245.

35

317

Bruce J. Ennis & Thomas R. Litwack, Psychiatry and the Presumption of Expertise: Flipping Coins in the Courtroom, 62 Cal. L. Rev. 693 (1974).

36

306

Lon L. Fuller, Positivism and Fidelity to Law--A Reply to Professor Hart, 71 Harv. L. Rev. 630 (1958).

37

303

Henry M. Hart, Jr., The Relations Between State and Federal Law, 54 Colum. L. Rev. 489 (1954).

38

301

Cass R. Sunstein, Interest Groups in American Public Law, 38 Stan. L. Rev. 29 (1985).

39

299

Richard A. Posner, A Theory of Negligence, 1 J. Legal Stud. 29 (1972).

40

292

Joseph L. Sax, Takings and the Police Power, 74 Yale L.J. 36 (1964).

41

291

Robert M. Cover, The Supreme Court, 1982 Term, Foreword: Nomos and Narrative, 97 Harv. L. Rev. 4 (1983).

42

290

Duncan Kennedy, The Structure of Blackstone's Commentaries, 28 Buff. L. Rev. 205 (1979).

43

288

Lon L. Fuller & William R. Perdue, Jr., The Reliance Interest in Contract Damages (pts. 1 & 2), 46 Yale L.J. 52, 373 (1936-37).

44

287

Friedrich Kessler, Contracts of Adhesion--Some Thoughts About Freedom of Contract, 43 Colum. L. Rev. 629 (1943).

44

287

Harry Kalven, Jr., The New York Times Case: A Note on ‘The Central Meaning of the First Amendment,’ 1964 Sup. Ct. Rev. 191.

46

284

Lon L. Fuller, The Forms and Limits of Adjudication, 92 Harv. L. Rev. 353 (1978).

47

282

Thomas C. Grey, Do We Have an Unwritten Constitution?, 27 Stan. L. Rev. 703 (1975).

47

282

Frank I. Michelman, The Supreme Court, 1985 Term--Foreword: Traces of Self-Government, 100 Harv. L. Rev. 4 (1986).

49

278

Richard A. Epstein, A Theory of Strict Liability, 2 J. Legal Stud. 151 (1973).

49

278

William L. Cary, Federalism and Corporate Law: Reflection Upon Delaware, 83 Yale L.J. 663 (1974).

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Cynical question: how many of these fifty has the average law professor read when he/she starts teaching? Or even after ten years of teaching?

Posted by: Jason W. | Apr 20, 2008 1:39:30 PM

Oh, good question, Jason. I read them all back in high school.

Posted by: Eric E. Johnson | Apr 20, 2008 2:31:13 PM

I suspect most professors have read a few of them and some have read a lot of them, depending on the area they go into. For example, I did a lot of law & economics and had read many of the articles here. Some of there were required reading in my 1L Elements class.

This is an interesting list - I wonder what the citation numbers look like 12 years later - I suspect that there are many more articles coming out per year, which means that citations to some of these articles may be much higher.

Posted by: Michael Risch | Apr 20, 2008 6:48:17 PM

Why did you just publish 12-year old news? When not update the article? Then you'd have something original and relevant.

FYI, in 1976 the most frequently cited articles were . . . doesn't matter anymore.

Posted by: Captain Obvious | Apr 22, 2008 5:08:47 PM

Is this weighted for year of publication? Should it be, at least somehow? Doesn't it seem methodologically questionable that Oliver Wendell Holmes' 1893 article gets the same score as ones written in the mid-eighties? Just a thought.

Posted by: Legal Writing for Dummies | Apr 22, 2008 7:09:37 PM

I decided to see what influence these articles had outside the ivory tower - in the courts. You can see my results here.

Posted by: Klerk | Apr 23, 2008 10:48:31 AM

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