Founded in 1852 as the American Law Register, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review is the nation’s oldest law review. In the 2020-2021 academic year, the Law Review will publish its 170th Volume.
The Law Review has both a professional and an educational mission. It serves the legal profession, the bench, the bar, and the academy by providing a forum for the publication of original legal research of the highest quality. We accept and scrutinize approximately 2,000 written submissions annually to select approximately eighteen articles in each volume. We also ensure uniformity in the citation of authority in legal scholarship and court documents by cooperating with our peer organizations at Columbia, Harvard, and Yale in the maintenance of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. The Twenty-First Edition of The Bluebook was published in 2020.
The Law Review also affords Associate Editors two valuable educational experiences. First, we provide training in the performance of all the editorial and administrative tasks associated with the publication of a professional legal journal. Second, we assist each of our members in preparing an original work of scholarship suitable for professional publication. Associate Editors are encouraged to write their student comments on a subject of particular interest to them, and up to twelve comments will be selected for publication.
Volume 170 of the Law Review will publish seven issues.