Further to Simon’s post, a study of the Legal Writing professorate in the US, and some speculation on how gender discrimination influences its status.
Liemer, Susan and Temple, Hollee, “Did Your Legal Writing Professor Go to Harvard?: The Credentials of Legal Writing Faculty at Hiring Time” . Brandeis Law Journal, Forthcoming Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1033477
Interestingly, though the survey discusses the fact that teachers of legal writing have, in aggregate, much more professional experience than their ‘doctrinal’ tenure-track colleagues, the study does not pick up on the professional-academic schism. The article contains many useful references to the literature on this topic.