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In working with legal scholars, I’ve realized that it is relatively complicated for an author to answer: “where does each top law review accept their article submissions?” To offer a survey of the current submission-preference landscape, I wanted to share the data I have regarding which law reviews use Scholastica and ExpressO.

How “top” law reviews are defined in this post

The data I’m sharing here uses Washington & Lee Library’s “Law Journals: Submissions and Ranking, 2008 - 2015.” I’m using the 2015 Combined Score for student-edited general law journals. I’m aware that there are multiple rankings that can be used when calculating which journals are in the “top” list - some authors factor in U.S. News & World Report law school rankings, and ExpressO uses their private submission volume to rank journals. For me, Washington & Lee’s ranking is a simpler and at least somewhat accurate representation of how a law review “ranks” as compared with authors’ connotations about the journal.

Brief background on the tools law reviews use to accept submissions

There are three tools I see law reviews using to accept submissions from authors:

  • Scholastica
  • ExpressO
  • A homegrown platform

As I will discuss in this post, most top law reviews use Scholastica to receive submissions. Less than half of top-100 law reviews use ExpressO, and there are three journals that have invested in building their own “homegrown” platform for receiving submissions: Stanford Law Review, Harvard Law Review, and Yale Law Journal.

How do top-30 law reviews accept submissions?

How top-30 law reviews accept submissions

All top-30 law reviews rely heavily on some type of platform (i.e. not email) to receive and review article submissions. There are three law reviews with their own independently built and managed platforms for receiving submissions: Stanford Law Review, Harvard Law Review, and Yale Law Journal.

26 of the top-30 law reviews accept their submissions only via Scholastica. These law reviews are:

  • University of Pennsylvania Law Review
  • Columbia Law Review
  • The Georgetown Law Journal
  • UCLA Law Review
  • Michigan Law Review
  • Minnesota Law Review
  • California Law Review
  • Cornell Law Review
  • Virginia Law Review
  • Duke Law Journal
  • Texas Law Review
  • New York University Law Review
  • Iowa Law Review
  • Northwestern University Law Review
  • Fordham Law Review
  • Notre Dame Law Review
  • Vanderbilt Law Review
  • William and Mary Law Review
  • The University of Chicago Law Review
  • Boston University Law Review
  • Boston College Law Review
  • Indiana Law Journal
  • Cardozo Law Review
  • North Carolina Law Review
  • Florida Law Review
  • Hastings Law Journal

In the past year, I’ve worked with many law reviews getting started on Scholastica for the first time and whose boards are streamlining their review workflows by moving to Scholastica exclusively after being on both ExpressO and Scholastica. Most recently, University of Pennsylvania Law Review and Boston University Law Review have decided to focus their attention and energies on Scholastica to simplify the way they manage the submissions they receive and ultimately the way they can review all of the articles that authors submit.

The only top-30 law review currently using ExpressO is the University of Illinois Law Review.

How do top-50 law reviews accept submissions?

How top-50 law reviews accept submissions

The top-50 law reviews also heavily utilize software and not email to accept and review article submissions, with a majority again using Scholastica instead of other options. 42 of the top-50 law reviews accept their submissions only via Scholastica. These law reviews are the 26 law reviews listed in the previous section plus:

  • Connecticut Law Review
  • The George Washington Law Review
  • Washington University Law Review
  • Southern California Law Review
  • U.C. Davis Law Review
  • Wisconsin Law Review
  • Emory Law Journal
  • Arizona Law Review
  • Lewis & Clark Law Review
  • Alabama Law Review
  • Ohio State Law Journal
  • American University Law Review
  • Wake Forest Law Review
  • Georgia Law Review
  • Tulane Law Review
  • Houston Law Review

In this group of law journals, there are a few that use some combination of Scholastica and ExpressO for receiving their submissions. These law reviews that accept articles via either platform are:

  • Washington and Lee Law Review
  • George Mason Law Review
  • University of Colorado Law Review

This spring will be the first “submission cycle” that Houston, Washington and Lee, George Mason, and University of Colorado have on Scholastica, since each law review took time to make their individual decision and create a Scholastica account over the winter break.

There are only two top-50 law reviews using exclusively ExpressO for submissions: University of Illinois Law Review and Utah Law Review.

How do top-100 law reviews accept submissions?

How top-100 law reviews accept submissions

In the top-100 grouping, most law reviews use Scholastica to receive submissions. Specifically:

  • 3 use homegrown platforms
  • 50 use exclusively Scholastica for submissions
  • 32 use a combination of Scholastica and ExpressO for submissions
  • 13 use exclusively ExpressO for submissions
  • 2 do not use a platform (Chicago-Kent Law Review and UC Irvine Law Review, which are both symposia-based)

The law reviews ranked 51-100 that use Scholastica exclusively to receive submissions are:

  • Pepperdine Law Review
  • Washington Law Review
  • Brigham Young University Law Review
  • Florida State University Law Review
  • Arizona State Law Journal
  • Nebraska Law Review
  • Kentucky Law Journal
  • New York Law School Law Review

Law reviews with accounts on both Scholastica and ExpressO that are ranked 51-100 are:

  • Buffalo Law Review
  • Maryland Law Review
  • Rutgers University Law Review
  • Brooklyn Law Review
  • Seattle University Law Review
  • Akron Law Review
  • Michigan State Law Review
  • DePaul Law Review
  • University of Miami Law Review
  • Case Western Reserve Law Review
  • Hofstra Law Review
  • South Carolina Law Review
  • Denver University Law Review
  • Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
  • Temple Law Review
  • Loyola University Chicago Law Journal
  • The University of Kansas Law Review
  • San Diego Law Review
  • Oregon Law Review
  • Catholic University Law Review
  • Mitchell Hamline Law Review
  • Marquette Law Review
  • SMU Law Review
  • Albany Law Review
  • Saint Louis University Law Journal
  • Louisiana Law Review
  • University of San Francisco Law Review
  • Washburn Law Journal
  • Nevada Law Journal

Finally, the law reviews ranked 51-100 that use only ExpressO to accept submissions from authors are:

  • Tennessee Law Review
  • University of Cincinnati Law Review
  • Seton Hall Law Review
  • Santa Clara Law Review
  • Missouri Law Review
  • University of Richmond Law Review
  • Penn State Law Review
  • Indiana Law Review
  • Saint Louis University Law Journal
  • Pace Law Review
  • Vermont Law Review
  • Villanova Law Review

In conclusion

I hope this information is a useful reference for those wondering where law reviews accept submissions. If you have any further questions about how law reviews accept submissions, please leave us a comment. Best of luck with any article you are preparing for submission!

Note: This post was updated on January 31, 2017, to reflect recent decisions made by Lewis & Clark Law Review and University of Colorado Law Review.




Elli Olson

This post was written by Elli Olson,
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