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It’s August, which means it’s submission season for many authors and law reviews. For those authors submitting this fall, we are publishing an updated list of which platform general law reviews use to accept submissions.

Quick recap about our list

We use Washington & Lee Library’s Law Journal Rankings. The rankings below are using the 2016 combined score for general, student-edited, print law journals ranked by Washington & Lee. If you’re wondering why we use this ranking list, what other ranking methods are out there, or anything else about our methodology, please check out our original post.

Where top-30 law reviews accept submissions

Top 30 law reviews

There are three law reviews within this ranking that use their own platforms: Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review.

The rest of the journals in this ranking use Scholastica for receiving submissions. This is the first submission season that Scholastica has gotten to support all of these law reviews, and we’re proud to do so!

The 28 law reviews (there are some tied-ranks) within this range that use only Scholastica are:

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

For the first submission season, there are no top-30 law reviews that use ExpressO for receiving submissions from authors.

Where top-50 law reviews accept submissions

Top 50 law reviews

Within the next rank range, 31 to 50, Scholastica again is the platform most law reviews are using. With the addition of Utah Law Review, Scholastica is now in some way supporting all top-50 law reviews.

Law reviews ranked 31 to 50 that use only Scholastica:

  • North Carolina Law Review
  • Emory Law Journal
  • George Washington Law Review
  • Hastings Law Journal
  • U.C. Davis Law Review
  • Southern California Law Review
  • Washington and Lee Law Review
  • Ohio State Law Journal
  • Wake Forest Law Review
  • American University Law Review
  • Arizona Law Review
  • Alabama Law Review
  • Georgia Law Review
  • Pepperdine Law Review
  • Houston Law Review
  • Utah Law Review

Law reviews ranked 31 to 50 that use both ExpressO and Scholastica:

  • Lewis & Clark Law Review
  • George Mason Law Review
  • Maryland Law Review

For the first time, there are no law reviews ranked in the top-50 that continue to use only ExpressO. All have migrated to Scholastica or manage accounts on both platforms.

Where top-100 law reviews accept submissions

Top 100 law reviews

The 14 law reviews ranked 51 to 100 that use only Scholastica:

  • Washington Law Review
  • Brigham Young University Law Review
  • University of Colorado Law Review
  • Tulane Law Review
  • Florida State University Law Review
  • South Carolina Law Review
  • Arizona State Law Journal
  • Missouri Law Review
  • Indiana Law Review
  • University of Kansas Law Review
  • Louisiana Law Review
  • New York Law School Law Review
  • Nebraska Law Review
  • Kentucky Law Journal

The 29 law reviews ranked 51 to 100 that use both ExpressO and Scholastica:

  • Seattle University Law Review
  • Brooklyn Law Review
  • Buffalo Law Review
  • DePaul Law Review
  • Penn State Law Review
  • University of Richmond Law Review
  • Denver University Law Review
  • Oregon Law Review
  • Rutgers University Law Review
  • University of Miami Law Review
  • Loyola University Chicago Law Journal
  • Temple Law Review
  • Akron Law Review
  • Case Western Reserve Law Review
  • Marquette Law Review
  • Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
  • Albany Law Review
  • Tennessee Law Review
  • Mitchell Hamline Law Review
  • San Diego Law Review
  • Nevada Law Journal
  • Michigan State Law Review
  • Hofstra Law Review
  • Mississippi Law Journal
  • Texas Tech Law Review
  • Saint Louis University Law Journal
  • SMU Law Review
  • Cleveland State Law Review
  • UMKC Law Review

The 5 law reviews ranked 51 to 100 that use only ExpressO:

  • Santa Clara Law Review
  • Seton Hall Law Review
  • University of Cincinnati Law Review
  • Vermont Law Review
  • Catholic University Law Review

In addition to the above law reviews, Chicago-Kent Law Review and UC Irvine Law Review don’t use any platform (both are symposium-based journals).

In conclusion

To sum up the changes we’ve seen in how law reviews are accepting submissions:

  • 3 use homegrown platforms (+0 since Spring 2017)
  • 58 use only Scholastica for submissions (+8 since Spring 2017)
  • 32 use a combination of Scholastica and ExpressO for submissions (+0 since Spring 2017)
  • 5 use exclusively ExpressO for submissions (-8 since Spring 2017)
  • 2 do not use a platform (+0 since Spring 2017)

We hope this information is useful if you’re trying to understand how individual law reviews accept submissions, or if you’re generally interested in keeping an eye on how law reviews have been moving from ExpressO to Scholastica. If you have any questions or have a suggestion for how we can improve this resource for next spring, please email us!




Elli Olson

This post was written by Elli Olson,
Business Development