Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Is there an on-line guide explaining how the law review submission process works?

I get this question again and again from recent law school graduates thinking about teaching careers.  Is there a blog post or on-line document somewhere that explains the whole process:  the two submission windows (March and August), the on-line submission services like Expresso, the process of 'bargaining' up a publication offer, etc.?  Please post links or references in the comment section.


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Here's a short essay describing the publication process: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=910042. It's written for the practitioner who is not very familiar with the publication process, and it covers submitting to peer-reviewed journals, student-run journals, and bar journals. A couple of caveats: First, this was published in the Kentucky Bench & Bar (the state bar journal), so many of the references are to Kentucky sources. Second, I wrote the article pre-Expresso.

Posted by: Rick Bales | Apr 7, 2009 7:29:35 AM

Eugene Volokh's Academic Legal Writing is an excellent resource.

Posted by: Barbara | Apr 7, 2009 9:36:04 AM

I'm not aware of an online source. But admittedly answering a question not asked, Volokh's book (http://www.law.ucla.edu/volokh/writing/ addresses all of these matters, and certainly needs to be mentioned to anyone remotely serious about the process. It's a remarkably cheap investment given the information it contains--lack of online instant gratification notwithstanding.

Posted by: Tony Petro | Apr 7, 2009 9:53:14 AM

This link isn't working for me - can you repost?


Posted by: Patti Spencer | Apr 7, 2009 4:36:57 PM

The harvard Law School Library has a guide aimed at Harvard law students that could be of more general utility. See Publishing in Law Reviews and Journals: http://www.law.harvard.edu/library/research/guides/publishing_in_law_reviews.html

Posted by: Terry Martin | Apr 9, 2009 8:43:04 AM

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