The Art Of The Law Review Article Title

There is a subtle art to the law review article title. An author needs the title to capture the essence of the article, as well as the student-editor's attention.

As a researcher, I often run title searches in a law reviews database to search for articles on a particular topic, so it might be a good idea for authors to use their main keywords in the title of their articles if they want their articles to be more accessible.

The ABA Journal recently posted an article about Katz puns used in law review article titles:

• Is The Court Allergic To Katz? Problems Posed By New Methods Of Electronic Surveillance To The 'Reasonable-Expectation-Of-Privacy' Test

United States v. Jones: Does Katz Still Have Nine Lives?

• Herding Katz: GPS Tracking And Society’s Expectations Of Privacy In The 21st Century

And I recently ran across another Katz pun doing Fourth Amendment research:

Katz On A Hot Tin Roof: The Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy Doctrine Is Rudderless In The Digital Age, Unless Congress Resets The Privacy Bar

The last title is a mouthful, and I would suggest that the writer try to shorten the title. But these titles are generally successful in that they use the name of the foundational case on point and use the major keywords that get to the essence of the article.


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