Legal scholarship is an important secondary source. For nascent and/or emerging topics, scholarship may be the only secondary source that addresses your research topic. Legal scholarship in the United States operates rather differently compared to other jurisdictions. Rather than a peer-reviewed model, legal scholarship in the United States is frequently produced by student-edited journals. There is wide range of "authoritativeness" in legal scholarship - as a general rule articles are considered more authoritative than student notes and highly-ranked journals are more authoritative than lower-ranked journals.