Scholarly writing: Posner's opinion on its style
"Scholars are self-selected into an activity that requires them to write, although not to write well (which means, however, that good writing is not highly valued in most scholarly fields)."
Richard A. Posner, The Little Book of Plagiarism 80 (Pantheon Books 2007).
Most scholarly legal writing is not bad; it's just not good. Mediocre, I call it.
And as I have said before, I am often disappointed in the quality of writing published by legal-writing teachers. Too often mediocre, I say.