One of the advantages of student-edited law journals is that the turn-around time for acceptance or rejection is typically relatively fast – if you are going to hear, you’ll know within a month or two 95% of the time. The same can’t be said for peer review journals in other fields, which are famously very, very slow.
What about peer reviewed journals that focus on law, and which regularly publish the writings of American law professors? After the jump, I’ve listed the the top fifty peer and referreed journals, by combined impact factor (W&L) rank. I’d be curious to hear from readers who’ve submitted to these journals regarding how long it took to get a substantive response (whether acceptance, rejection, or R&R). I’ll participate in the comment thread if others do – I’ve submitted to JLS, JELS, and JLEO, and JLA, and have generally positive views about those journals’ ability to get back with some answer in a reasonable amount of time.