Submissions - University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online
Submissions for our journal are currently closed.

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review is not currently accepting article and essay submissions for publication in Volume 166 (2017‐2018). We will reopen submissions for Volume 166 in the fall.


Submission Guidelines

We strongly prefer articles under 35,000 words (including footnotes). We will continue to publish manuscripts over 35,000 words if the length is merited. We encourage the submission of essays (manuscripts of approximately 10,000 words). In support of this policy, the Law Review has signed a joint statement with other leading law reviews to control the length of articles.

While we prefer electronic submissions, we will continue to accept submissions by mail. If you submit your article by mail rather than electronically, please include a word count in the cover letter.

All submissions must conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015).


Electronic Submissions

We prefer to receive electronic submissions through Scholastica.


Exclusive Submissions

We welcome submissions that are submitted exclusively to the Law Review for at least seven days before submitting to other journals. Authors who choose to send us an exclusive submission should send the submission 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 submission to other journals.


Paper Submissions

Manuscripts, including author's e-mail address, phone number, and other pertinent contact information, should be mailed to:

Articles Editors
University of Pennsylvania Law Review
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6204

Manuscripts submitted by mail will not be returned.


Expedited Review

Upon receiving an offer of publication or committee review from another law review or journal, you may request expedited review. If you have submitted your article via Scholastica, we prefer that you request expedited review through that service. If you have submitted your article directly to the Law Review, you may request expedited review by sending an e-mail to expedite@pennlawreview.com; the email must:

  1. Specify your article title;
  2. Identify the offeror(s) of publication; and
  3. Specify the deadline(s) (date and time) you have been given for a reply.



The University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online is currently accepting submissions to Volume 166 (2017–2018) for Fall publication. Submissions should include an abstract and the author's CV. It is the policy of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online to prioritize submissions containing zip files of all cited sources.

Responses   Open

Online responses to Articles should be submitted to the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online at editor@pennlawreview.com. We prefer Responses that do not exceed 5,000 words within the main text, and 2,500 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 5,000 words within the main text, and 2,500 words within the footnotes.


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.