A survey of contemporary legal research in the United States must to some extent be personal and impressionistic. No one can see the entire landscape or has the expertise to evaluate everything in it. The pitfall of myopia is heightened by the enormous variety of current methods and results, the need to mention and evaluate areas of specialty in which things are going well or poorly, and publication biases that should not influence content but inevitably do. The already huge variety of books, journals, and commercial guides to particular legal subjects has been overshadowed by an uncountable array of electronically circulated working papers, blogs, symposia, and conference proceedings. With that disclaimer, what follows is my own view of what legal scholarship in the USA is like at the present moment.
Utz, Stephen, "A Personal Report on Methodological Developments in US Law" (2015). Faculty Articles and Papers. 487.