The Washington University Law Review welcomes submissions on a wide range of legal topics. Select the tab corresponding to the type of piece you would like to submit to learn more.

Article Submissions

The spring article submission cycle begins in early February and ends in late April. Depending on the number of articles selected during the spring submission cycle, the Law Review may also participate in a fall submission cycle. The fall cycle begins in late August and ends in late October.

Submissions should be no longer than 30,000 words. Articles shorter than that word limit are viewed favorably. Please include an abstract and curriculum vitae with your submissions. All submissions should conform to the Twentieth Edition of the Bluebook and the Seventeenth Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Although it is not always possible, the Law Review attempts to honor requests for expedited review. If you need an expedited review, please include the following when submitting your article: name and contact information; title of your submission; all publications from which you have received offers; and the date on which your offer(s) expire.

Articles Editors and the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review are responsible for selecting articles for publication. Articles go through three rounds of student review. Some articles may also be subject to an informal peer review. In the event of a peer review, the Law Review maintains its right to independently determine offer eligibility.

Authors will have at least five days to decide whether to accept any offer. The Law Review does not give exploding offers. The Law Review prefers submissions via Scholastica, but will also accept submissions via email. The Law Review no longer accepts submissions sent by mail or ExpressO.

The email contact for article submissions is cae@wustllawreview.org.

Submit via Scholastica

Commentary Submissions

Each issue of the Washington University Law Review showcases a concise and contemporary piece of legal scholarship, written by members of the legal academy, bench, and bar.

Submissions less than 15,000 words are considered for the Commentaries series. After the editing process is completed, selected pieces are published in print, cited identically to articles in the Law Review, and featured on our website. Submissions less than 7,000 words may be considered primarily for the Online series, which showcases shorter works of legal scholarship exclusively on our website.

The Law Review reviews and accepts commentary submissions on a rolling basis year-round. All submissions should conform to the Twentieth Edition of the Bluebook and the Sixteenth Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. The Law Review prefers submissions via Scholastica, but will also accept submissions via email. The Law Review no longer accepts submissions sent by mail or ExpressO.

The email contact for commentary submissions is ce@wustllawreview.org.

Submit via Scholastica

Note Submissions

The Washington University Law Review welcomes note submissions from any student on the Law Review. The spring submission cycle is in early February. Depending on the number of articles selected during the spring submission cycle, the Law Review may also participate in a fall submission cycle. The fall submission cycle is only available to those students whose notes were rejected during the previous spring submission cycle. The fall submission cycle is in early September. 

Submissions should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. All submissions should conform to the Twentieth Edition of the Bluebook and the Sixteenth Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Authors will have at least seven days to decide whether to accept any offer. The Law Review does not give exploding offers.

Notes are selected through a “blind” process. All identifying information must be removed prior to submission and metadata containing this information should be wiped. In addition, authors should take care not to discuss their note with any member of the Note Selection Committee. Notes go through two rounds of student review. Some notes may also be subject to an informal faculty review. In the event of a faculty review, the Law Review maintains its right to independently determine offer eligibility.

The Law Review only accepts note submissions through the email. Each note submission must contain a statement of originality detailing how your argument best fits into the current literature. This statement should also contain the names of professors you feel would be best suited to review the submission and the names of professors who have already reviewed it. For pieces resubmitted in the fall cycle, a statement of resubmission detailing how the note has changed is required.

The email contact for note submissions is cne@wustllawreview.org.

Student Submissions for Online Publication

The Washington University Law Review Online is now accepting student author submissions for the Fall of 2020 until January 1, 2021. Submissions will be considered on a rolling, first come, first served basis until the close of submissions. Early submissions are strongly recommended. Our Online Commentaries Editor, Emily Schiller, is the lone individual reviewing these submissions. If we are overwhelmed by submissions, she may not get to every piece that is submitted. The review process will be blind. Only the Assistant Managing Editor, Erik Leggio, will be aware of the author of a particular piece, and he will not be involved in the review process. Authors whose pieces are selected for publication will be notified by email. Any questions regarding the process should be directed to Erik Leggio (eleggio@wustl.edu).

Our Purpose
Our purpose in allowing WashU Law Students to submit to our online journal is to open another pathway to publication for those students who were not selected for publication by their primary journal or for students who are not on a journal but would like to have their work published.

Student Submission Requirements
• Submissions may be short Notes, Essays, or any original piece of writing. If the piece was written for a class, the professor’s permission must be obtained prior to submission.
• Notes written for your journal that were not selected for publication are eligible and encouraged; however, if the Online Content Editor, Emily Schiller, recognizes the author of a Note, the Note will be referred to a different editor for an independent review.
• Although there are no strict word count requirements, shorter pieces are encouraged (1,000 to 8,000 words not including footnotes).
• Timely and topical pieces are encouraged.
• Students must be in their third year at Washington University School of Law (second year students are not yet eligible). Journal membership is not required.
• Students that are already being published by a journal at Washington University are ineligible.
• Pieces that are being published by any other academic journal are ineligible.
• The submission must be a word document.
• The submission must be in 12-point Times New Roman Font.
• The submission must have 1-inch margins.
• The submission must have a title and a brief abstract.
• The submission must follow Bluebook (20th or 21st edition) format.
• The submission must be anonymized. This includes no author information, no acknowledgements, and no personal data.
• Plagiarism will not be tolerated, and the Honor Code will be strictly enforced.

Submission Instructions
To submit a piece for online publication, please send the following two documents to Erik Leggio (eleggio@wustl.edu) with a subject line of “Law Review Online Student Submission”:

1. Cover Page
• This document should be separate from the piece submitted for publication. This will not be seen by those reviewing the piece.
• It should contain the following:
o Author Name
o Author Email Address
o Date of Submission
o Title of the Piece
o The following certification:
I, [Author Name], certify that I am a third-year student at Washington University School of Law; that I have not published another piece with any journal at Washington University School of Law; that I have not agreed to publish this piece in another journal prior to submission; that this piece conforms with the formatting requirements for submission; that this piece has been anonymized; and that this
piece has not plagiarized another individual’s work.

2. The Piece for Submission
• All submitted pieces should be anonymous. Do not include your name anywhere on the piece. Before submission, use the “remove metadata” function in word, and remove any identifiers from the file name, etc., before submitting.
• If the piece is accepted for submission elsewhere and you need to withdraw the piece from consideration, please email Erik Leggio immediately.
• Submissions should follow all of the above requirements.