As more law professors are tapping away at their computers on blogs that cover everything from the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to the death penalty, they also may be chipping away at the ivory tower.
An increasing number of law professors are using blogs -- online journals or newsletters -- to break free from traditional modes of legal scholarship. With an immediacy and ability to reach millions of readers, blogs are proving an attractive vehicle among legal scholars for spouting and sharing ideas.
But they are also raising concerns that they may lead to a dumbing down of the profession. "They have nothing to do with scholarship," said Katherine Litvak, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law.