On American “Dilettantism” and German “Pedantry”

A Comparative Look at Law Journal Culture and the Future of Legal Knowledge Production

Almost by necessity, the cultural and institutional features of legal knowledge production differ from one system to the next. Like law itself, they are a product of history, borne out of pragmatism rather than advance planning, and deeply connected to the division of competences within the legal profession. Having said that, it would be hubristic and petty to mock the American legal community’s willingness to let first- and second-year law …