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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Earning the Title of Your Article

For decades it seems, the title of law review articles typically took the form: "Short Snappy Title: Longer Description of the Article's Actual Contents." More recently, authors have preferred titles of just a few words. But here's a note of caution: if you choose a short title, you have to earn it. If you call your article "Crime, Culpability, and Blame," you may have bitten off more than you can chew. Your article on a tiny subset of pertinent issues may not earn the grand title.

Given the hurdles I just described, I'm especially pleased to announce a draft paper I recently posted to SSRN entitled, "The Law." In Part I, I describe the history of law and how the law will change in the future. In Part II, I use the findings of Part I to criticize a small subset of laws on the books. In Part III, I address the remaining laws. I end with a brief conclusion.

UPDATE (4/5/12): This was posted on April Fool's Day.

Posted by Adam Kolber on April 1, 2012 at 07:50 AM | Permalink

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Love it.

Posted by: David Thaw | Apr 3, 2012 2:58:42 AM

{standing ovation}

Posted by: Margo Kaplan | Apr 1, 2012 8:16:52 PM

I certainly try to (though I don't mind if my April Fool's Day post pokes fun at myself).

How does one earn the title of an article? By having the title appropriately reflect the content. {rim shot} How have I tried to do so? Well, you have to read the articles. {microphone drop}

Posted by: Adam Kolber | Apr 1, 2012 1:16:05 PM

Have you earned the titles of your articles? If so, how have you earned it?

Posted by: Curious | Apr 1, 2012 12:18:02 PM

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