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Writing for & Publishing in Law Reviews: General Information

Prepared by Mary Whisner. Last updated: Oct. 29, 2014

There are so many aspects of writing for and publishing in law reviews that we have created several guides. This page offers an overview and links to the other guides.

Note: HeinOnline is a UW Restricted database.


Law reviews are scholarly journals about law, generally published by law schools and edited by students. More broadly, they can include journals published by professional associations (e.g., Business Lawyer, published by the American Bar Association) and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, edited by law professors and published by Wiley Publishing in conjunction with the Society for Empirical Legal Studies. Note that submission requirements vary; for instance, professional journals often require authors to submit to one journal at a time, while law reviews accept that authors have multiple simultaneous submissions.

Some journals are published online only. They are called e-journals (or ejournals). Many traditional law reviews also provide free online access to some articles via the Internet. You can find lists of online law journals at the sites below.

Because the universe of online journals is growing, it's likely that each list is incomplete.


A Little Humor about the Process

C. Steven Bradford, As I Lay Writing: How to Write Law Review Articles for Fun and Profit: A Law-and-Economics, Critical, Hermeneutical, Policy Approach and Lots of Other Stuff That Thousands of Readers Will Find Really Interesting and Therefore You Ought to Publish in Your Prestigious, Top-Ten, Totally Excellent1 Law Review: [this space reserved]:, 44 J. Legal Educ. 13 (1994), HeinOnline

Erik M. Jensen, The Shortest Article in Law Review History, 50 J. Legal Educ. 156 (2000), HeinOnline. See also Grant H. Morris, The Shortest Article in Law Review History: A Brief Response to Profesor Jensen, 50 J. Legal Educ. 310 (2000), HeinOnline;  Thomas H. Odom, A Response to Professors Jensen and Morris, 50 J. Legal Educ. 311 (2000), HeinOnline; Erik M. Jensen, Comments in Reply, 50 J. Legal Educ. 312 (2000), HeinOnline;  Erik M. Jensen, The Intellectual History of The Shortest Article in Law Review History, 59 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 445 (2009), SSRN

J.C. Oleson, You Make Me [Sic]: Confessions of a Sadistic Law Review Editor, 37 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1135 (2004), HeinOnline

Leonard L. Riskin, On Writing a Law Review Article, 49 J. Legal Educ. 150 (1999), HeinOnline (poem)


Related Guides

Writing for & Publishing in Law Reviews Series

Other Gallagher Guides for Writers & Editors


Guide developed by Mary Whisner and Ann Hemmens, with contributions by Trinie Thai-Parker.

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