Journals are publications issued at regular intervals and it refers to peer –reviewed serious scholarly publication written for an educated audience about an industry or area of professional activity. A law review (or law journal) is a scholarly journal focusing on legal issues, normally published by an organization of students at a law school or through a bar association.
Law review articles often express the thinking of specialists or experts with regard to problems with current law and potential solutions to those problems. Historically, law review articles have been influential in the development of the law;
Specifically, law journal aims to deepen and broaden the knowledge of the rule of law and its relation to economic growth, reduction of poverty, promotion of democracy, human rights protection and geopolitical stability. These journals also invite and publish academic articles, practitioner reports and commentary, book reviews and special volumes on major developments and themes in the rule of law field.
Some law review journals also builds on a rich tradition of scholarship aimed at exploring issues of national as well as local significance to scholars, legislators, jurists, and practitioners. Others also provide timely legal information of national importance to attorneys. The legal news on legal significance to the corporate world and private sectors is also reported for better understanding to the business individuals.
Some of the roles adopted by these journals are as listed her. The decisions of Federal circuit court are published by the journals and are referred by other attorneys while arguing a case in a different circuit or court. Certain verdicts of national importance also appear so that attorneys stay updated on this information. Practitioners also publish in-depth analysis of critical issues which affects today’s legal profession. Experts’ interpretations of laws affecting business and courts help attorneys in law firms and in house counsel to be abreast of current knowledge sphere.
Among academic law journals in India, the Journal of Indian Law Institute and the Delhi Law Review published by the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi since 1972 are most prominent and respected among Indian legal scholars and academicians.
There are also online legal research providers such as Westlaw and LexisNexis which give users access to the complete text of most law reviews published beginning from the late 1980s. Another such service, Heinonline, provides actual scans of the pages of law reviews going back to the 1850s.
In short, journals have helped business houses, legislators, practitioners with issues related to national important and corporate world. These journals have also helped in the evolution of present legal ecosystem.