The Virginia Law Review invites eligible UVA law students who would like their work to be considered for publication in the Law Review to submit Notes four times per year: January, March, May, and September. Please check here for precise dates and submission instructions.
Notes are student-written articles. The Virginia Law Review accepts Note submissions from current J.D. candidates at the University of Virginia and from recent graduates who have received a J.D. from the University of Virginia within the preceding twelve months. Although many of the published Notes come from Law Review members, any law student or recent graduate may submit a paper for consideration, and all are encouraged to do so. Authors who are not members of the Law Review whose notes are accepted for publication prior to March 1 of their final year at the law school will be invited to join. First year law students whose Notes are accepted for publication will become members of the Law Review at the beginning of their second year.
There are four windows of time during which students may submit a Note for publication: September, January, March, and May. Each submission period includes two weeks for students to submit their Notes for consideration. Approximately 9-12 Notes are selected for publication each year on the basis of two primary factors, novel legal analysis that contributes to the field of legal scholarship and quality of writing.
Selecting a Note Topic: Notes may be on any topic of the student's choosing, so long as it is related to the law and is not preempted by an already published piece (in the Virginia Law Review or elsewhere). Interested students should begin their research by conducting a preemption check, which seeks to answer to basic questions. First, has the topic already been covered by previous publications? In most cases, this question is answered by whether or not another published Article or Note has addressed the same issue. If another piece has been published on the topic, the topic is not preempted if the Note will present a sufficiently different viewpoint (including significant updates of legal thought or case law) so as to retain its usefulness. Second, is the topic too broad or too narrow? The topic should be framed so that it is broad enough to evoke interest, yet narrow enough to be manageable. When performing a preemption check, consult the following: major treatises; at least five years of the Index to Legal Periodicals and the loose-leaf Current Index to Legal Periodicals; major cases; topical reporters; and Journal Articles and Notes.
Length: The suggested length for a Note is 10,000–15,000 words, including footnotes. Notes over 17,500 words will not be considered without prior approval of the Notes Development Editor.
Format: Notes must be submitted electronically via Dropbox and in hard copy form. Additionally, Notes will not be considered for publication unless the submissions follow specific guidelines. Review the submission instructions here.
Law Review Note Requirement
All Law Review members are required to write a Note of publishable quality by the end of the first semester of their third year of law school. Each member of the Law Review Editorial Board is assigned a Notes Adviser. The Notes Adviser provides guidance at every stage of the Note-writing process, from topic selection to research to organization and writing. He or she will critique any outline or draft. Notes Advisers are required to certify that all submissions meet the academic and professional standards of the Law Review. If a Notes Adviser determines that a Note has not met this requirement, the author will be asked to rewrite the Note in order to remain on the Law Review. Appeals of such an adverse determination can be made to the Managing Board as a whole.
Law Review members who want to have a Note considered for publication are encouraged to submit a draft to the January Notes Pool during their second year at the Law School. This is especially important for those members who intend to serve on the Managing Board, since the new Managing Board, which takes over in March, may decide not to consider the Notes of its members until the end of their third year.
Finally, per the University's Academic Policies, all students must submit their Notes for a grade prior to submitting a Note to the Virginia Law Review.
Please contact the Notes Development Editor, Rachel Wade, with any questions.