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The University of Pennsylvania Law Review has concluded accepting submissions for Volume 169. We will begin accepting submissions for publication in Volume 170 in February 2021

GENERAL GUIDELINES

We strongly prefer articles under 30,000 words (including footnotes). We will continue to review manuscripts over 30,000 words, but length will be a factor that weighs against acceptance. In support of this policy, the Law Review has signed a joint statement with other leading law reviews to control the length of articles.

We also encourage the submission of Essays of approximately 10,000-15,000 words (including footnotes). However, we do not typically publish Book Reviews.

Citations must appear in footnotes, not endnotes, and should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015).

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS

With the exception of exclusive submissions, all Articles and Essays must be submitted through Scholastica. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format and include a short abstract and the author’s CV. We no longer accept paper submissions.

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EXCLUSIVE SUBMISSIONS

We welcome manuscripts that are submitted exclusively to the University of Pennsylvania Law Review for at least seven days before submission to other journals. Authors may send exclusive submissions to submissions@pennlawreview.com. The subject line should read, “Exclusive Submission,” and the body of the e-mail should clearly indicate the submission is exclusive and the date you expect to send the manuscript to other journals.

EXPEDITED REVIEW

Authors who have received an offer of publication from another law review or journal may request an expedited review through Scholastica. While expedited review provides your submission with no competitive advantage, we make every effort to review expedited material in a timely manner. Given the high volume of submissions, we are not able to confirm receipt of an expedite request. Additionally, please be aware that publication offers following expedited review are accompanied by a significantly shorter deadline.

AUTHOR POLICY

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review welcomes submissions from scholars, practitioners, judges, and graduate students (Ph.D. or equivalent). We do not consider Articles or Essays authored or co-authored by current J.D. students.

However, J.D. students may submit their work to University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online for consideration.

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS


The University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online is currently accepting submissions to Volume 168 (2019–2020) for rolling publication. Submissions should include a word count at the top of the manuscript, an abstract and the author’s CV. Given our heavy annual publication load, it is the policy of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online to give significant consideration to submissions containing zip files of all cited sources.

RESPONSES

OPEN

Online responses to Articles should be submitted to the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Onlineat editor@pennlawreview.com. We prefer Responses that do not exceed 4,500 words within the main text, and 2,000 words within the footnotes.

DEBATES

OPEN

Interested debaters should submit a list of debate participants and a topic to the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online at editor@pennlawreview.com. Debates are comprised of an opening statement, a rebuttal, and closing statements by each side. The length of each submission is expected to be one to two times the length of an average opinion/editorial newspaper article (i.e., 1,000-2,000 words), and without footnotes.

ESSAYS

OPEN

Essays should be submitted to the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online at editor@pennlawreview.com. We prefer essays that do not exceed 4,500 words within the main text and 2,000 words within the footnotes.

PUBLIC INTEREST ESSAY COMPETITION


Submissions for the Public Interest Essay Competition should be submitted to the online submission portal. For more information about the Public Interest Essay Competition, please click here.

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