While collaboration is familiar to some legal researchers, the field, for the most part, does not seem to implicate the large-scale complexity and cost that has become associated with big science. These logistical differences, combined with a very strong cultural preference in legal academic circles for solitary work, could potentially keep team research from dominating the production of legal knowledge to the same extent that it has come to dominate the production of knowledge in other areas. On the other hand, the dominance of team research outputs and a shift towards team research has been observed in social sciences and arts and humanities research. To the extent that the production of legal knowledge is analogous to the production of knowledge in the social sciences and arts and humanities, one might anticipate that teams would enjoy advantages in the production of legal knowledge as well.
Christopher A. Cotropia & Lee Petherbridge, The Dominance of Teams in the Production of Legal Knowledge, 124 Yale L.J. F. 18 (2014)