“Publish, publish, publish!” is a piece of advice commonly offered to students by career services departments in law schools across the country. Student publications typically take the form of law review or bar journal articles or perhaps competition submissions; however, with the advent of accessible Web 2.0 technologies, publishing has evolved to encompass all sorts of content, styles, lengths, and audiences.
The Pace Law Library approach has been mostly electronic in nature and incorporates into Pace’s advanced legal research courses portfolio pieces such as student-authored research guides, blog posts, and bar journal articles. Moreover, student notes that satisfy the school’s Upper-Level Writing Requirement are being given greater exposure by posting them to the school’s Digital Commons. The idea was to give students the opportunity to grow their professional portfolios and to increase student publications by taking advantage of existing law school resources and infrastructure. While the benefits of this shift are still being fully realized, tangible results can already be seen.
Marie Stefanini Newman & Taryn L. Rucinski, LibGuides, Blog Posts, and Articles, Oh My!, AALL Spectrum, Dec. 2013, at 15, available at http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/921/.