Okay, the New York Times is copying me! Kidding, of course, but there’s an op-ed here about how professors (all of them, not law alone) write garbage that no one reads. Nicholas Kristof wrote it. In part he says:
The latest attempt by academia to wall itself off from the world came when the executive council of the prestigious International Studies Association proposed that its publication editors be barred from having personal blogs. The association might as well scream: We want our scholars to be less influential!
A related problem is that academics seeking tenure must encode their insights into turgid prose. As a double protection against public consumption, this gobbledygook is then sometimes hidden in obscure journals — or published by university presses whose reputations for soporifics keep readers at a distance.
I co-authored a piece a long time ago when I had become tenured, and my colleague was pre-tenured. We watered it down a lot due to the latter fact, but it still made some good points. The title? Why there should be fewer articles like this one. It’s here.