Citation analysis is one measure of an article’s influence in the legal community. The Michigan Law Review has published an article, written by two librarians, titled: The Most-Cited Law Review Articles of All Time. The data collected includes the 100 most-cited legal articles. Here’s the top 10 list:
- R.H. Coase, The Problem of Social Cost, 3 J.L. & Econ. 1 (1960).
- Samuel D. Warren & Louis D. Brandeis, The Right to Privacy, 4 Harv. L. Rev.
- O.W. Holmes, The Path of the Law, 10 Harv. L. Rev. 457 (1897).
- Gerald Gunther, The Supreme Court, 1971 Term—Foreword: In Search of Evolving Doctrine on a Changing Court: A Model for a Newer Equal Protection, 86 Harv. L. Rev. 1 (1972).
- Herbert Wechsler, Toward Neutral Principles of Constitutional Law, 73 Harv. L.
Rev. 1 (1959).
- Guido Calabresi & A. Douglas Melamed, Property Rules, Liability Rules, and
Inalienability: One View of the Cathedral, 85 Harv. L. Rev. 1089 (1972).
- Charles A. Reich, The New Property, 73 Yale L.J . 733 (1964).
- Charles R. Lawrence III, The Id, the Ego, and Equal Protection: Reckoning with
Unconscious Racism, 39 Stan. L. Rev. 317 (1987).
- William J. Brennan, Jr., State Constitutions and the Protection of Individual
Rights, 90 Harv. L. Rev. 489 (1977).
- Robert H. Bork, Neutral Principles and Some First Amendment Problems, 47 Ind. L.J. 1 (1971).