Writing for & Publishing in Law Reviews: General Information
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.
- Hieros Gamos, Law Journals - Law Related Journals
- the Law Library of Congress, Law Reviews Online
- University Law Review Project
Because the universe of online journals is growing, it's likely that each list is incomplete.
Advice for Law Students
Jessica L. Clark & Kristen E. Murray, Scholarly Writing: Ideas, Examples, and Execution (2d ed. 2012), KF250 .C528 2012 at Reference Area.
|Elizabeth Fajans & Mary R. Falk, Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes and Law Review Competition Papers (4th ed. 2011), KF250.F35 2011 at Reference Area|
Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review (4th ed. 2010), KF250.V6 2010 at Reference Area.
Book website (with links)
(The book evolved from the author's article, Writing a Student Article, 48 J. Legal Ed.246 (1998). HeinOnline.)
|Jill J. Ramsfield, Culture to Culture: A Guide to U.S. Legal Writing (2005), KF250.R354 2005 at Reference Area. A legal writing text aimed at students trained in other legal systems. Appendix F is Writing the Scholarly Paper.|
|Patrick Eoghan Murray, Write on! A Guide to Getting on Law Review (2014) (unpublished paper posted on SSRN)|
|Austen L. Parrish & Dennis T. Yokoyama, Effective Lawyering: A Checklist Approach to Legal Writing and Oral Argument. KF250.P37 2007 at Reference Area. Chapter 7 is on Academic Writing.|
|Andrew Yaphe, Taking Note of Notes: Student Legal Scholarship in Theory and Practice, 62 J. Legal Educ. 259 (2012), HeinOnline, draft available on SSRN. Critiques books by Volokh and by Fajans & Falk above and empirically analyzes published notes.
Advice for New Law Professors
Christian C. Day, In Search of the Read Footnote: Techniques for Writing Legal Scholarship and Having It Published, 6 J. Legal Writing Inst. 229 (2000).
Mary Kay Kane, Some Thoughts on Scholarship for Beginning Teachers, 37 J. Legal Educ. 14 (1987), HeinOnline
Hiroshi Motomura, Setting a "Scholarly Agenda," 10 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 175 (1991), HeinOnline
Donald J. Weidner, A Dean’s Letter to New Law Faculty About Scholarship, 44 J. Legal Educ. 440 (1994), HeinOnline
Advice for Students or Faculty
|Gerald Lebovits, Academic Legal Writing: How to Write and Publish, N.Y. St. B. Ass'n J., Jan. 2006, at 64, HeinOnline|
Joseph Michael Moxley, Publish, Don't Perish: The Scholar's Guide to Academic Writing and Publishing (1992), Suzzallo and Allen Libraries Stacks (Z286 .S37 M7 1992), available on the author's website.
Moxley founded Writing Commons, "a free, comprehensive, peer-reviewed, award-winning Open Text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research." See the Open Text section for articles on a variety of topics, including, under Writing Processes, developing effective writing habits, organizing, revising, and editing.
Helen Sword, Stylish Academic Writing (2012), Reference Area and Good Reads (LB2369 .S96 2012) and ebook (UW Libraries).
The author studied hundreds of articles from 10 academic disciplines (including law) and interviewed authors who were recognized by their peers as great writers. The result is a book that offers good advice, backed up by data and illustrated with wonderful examples.
Publisher's page links to the author's TED Ed video on "zombie nouns," as well as other material.
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)
Writing for & Publishing in Law Reviews Series
- General Information (this guide)
- Finding and Developing Topics (includes calls for papers and student writing competitions)
- Preemption Checking
- Submitting Manuscripts (includes tips on abstracts)
- Where to Publish (includes information on law review rankings)
Other Gallagher Guides for Writers & Editors
- Bluebook 101
- Cite-Checking & Library Research (for editors and staff)
- Legal & General Writing Resources series
- Legal Dictionaries
- Research and Writing Strategy for a Seminar Paper (PPT)
- Word Tips to Make Your Life Easier
Guide developed by Mary Whisner and Ann Hemmens, with contributions by Trinie Thai-Parker.