Law Review Article Submissions Resources (Fall 2007)

book21a.jpgThe fall law review submission window opens in mid-to-late August, so I thought I’d reprise an earlier post with some useful resources for submitting articles.

Article Submission Length Restrictions

Emory Law School’s Library has a very useful chart of article length restrictions at the top 35 law reviews.

The general consensus is that many top law reviews have an article length limit of 35,000 words and a preference for no more than 25,000 words. Virginia Law Review has the strictest policy, with a limit (not just a preference) of under 25,000 words. All the rest have either no upper limit or a 35,000 to 40,000 word limit. As for preferences, the range is between 25,000 to 35,000 words, with most at 25,000.

Law Review Contact Information

1. Emory Law School’s Library maintains contact information, including email addresses, for the top 25 law reviews.

2. JURIST has links to countless law review websites.

3. LexisNexis Directory of Law Reviews

Law Review Rankings

Washington & Lee’s Law Library has a comprehensive ranking of law reviews based on citation counts.

Electronic Submissions

1. ExpressO provides for electronic submission to over 550 law reviews. However, a number of the top 25 law reviews still require either paper submissions or electronic submissions via their own website. For those law reviews not allowing an ExpressO electronic submission, ExpressO will print out the article and send it to these journals in hard copy. It costs extra for these submissions.

Chart of Law Review Submission Policies and Webpages

After the break is a chart of the submission policies and submission pages for several top law reviews.

California Hard Copy No 35,000 or less
Chicago Electronic (Expresso Preferred) No None
Columbia Hard Copy Yes 32,000 or less preferred; not more than 37,000
Cornell Electronic (Expresso Preferred) No 30,000 or less preferred
Duke Electronic (Expresso Preferred) No 35,000 or less
Fordham Electronic (Expresso Preferred) No None
Georgetown Electronic (No Preference) Yes 35,000 or less
George Washington Electronic No None
Harvard Hard Copy Yes 25,000 or less preferred; not more than 35,000
Illinois Electronic (Expresso Preferred) No None
Indiana Electronic No None
Iowa Electronic (Expresso Preferred) No None
Michigan Hard Copy Yes 25,000 or less strongly preferred
Minnesota Electronic No None
NYU Electronic (Expresso Preferred) No 35,000 or less preferred
North Carolina Electronic No 25,000 or less preferred; not more than 40,000
Northwestern Electronic (Expresso Preferred) No 35,000 or less
Notre Dame Electronic No None
University of Pennsylvania Hard Copy (prefers its own site) Yes 35,000 or less
Southern California Electronic (Expresso Preferred) No None
Stanford Electronic (prefers its own site) Yes 30,000 or less
Texas Electronic (Expresso Preferred) No None
UCLA Electronic (Expresso Preferred) No 35,000 or less
Vanderbilt Hard Copy No None
Virginia Electronic No 25,000 or less strongly preferred; not more than 30,000
William & Mary Hard Copy No None
Wisconsin Electronic (Expresso Preferred) No 37,000 or less
Yale Electronic (prefers its own site) Yes 30,000 or less preferred; 35,000+ strongly discouraged

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4 Responses

  1. Frank says:

    A bit of a bleg here: would law review editors let us know when they start reviewing submissions? I’ve had a few write to me and say they won’t begin reviewing until Aug. 28.

  2. Dave Hoffman says:

    My sense is that all but one or two of the top twenty journals are currently reviewing submissions. (NW Law Review, for e.g., is starting 9-1.)

  3. Rick Hasen says:

    This is a very useful post, thanks. Some of the information in the chart is already out of date because law reviews frequently change their policies. For example, Michigan Law Review now strongly prefers electronic submissions via its own system. And the California Law Review is soon to launch its own electronic submission system, requiring online submission.

  4. Hanah Volokh says:

    The Georgetown Law Journal is reading articles now, but is not accepting any articles before our first full committee meeting on August 28.