Virginia Law Review Online is the Virginia Law Review's exclusive online publication. VLR Online features short essays and responses by law professors, judges, practicing lawyers, scholars from other disciplines, and current law students.
We welcome any submission that would meaningfully contribute to academic legal discourse. Submissions may respond to the articles and essays that we publish in both our print edition and VLR Online. Submissions may also explore new ideas that are unrelated to our print content, or comment on legal issues that are of current interest.
When reviewing submissions, Virginia Law Review Online considers whether the pieces are topical, intuitive, and important.
Submissions selected for publication will undergo an expedited editing process. Assuming author compliance with the editing schedule, VLR Online guarantees publication within two weeks of acceptance.
Length: Pieces published in VLR Online are lightly-footnoted with 3,000 or fewer words.
Format: We only accept electronic submissions to VLR Online. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org in Microsoft Word format. The subject line of the email should read "Online Submission." Submissions should be in Times 11 or a larger sized font, should utilize footnotes instead of endnotes, and should have numbered pages. All submissions must include:
Though not required, it may also be advantageous for the cover letter to explain why the submission addresses an issue that is topical, intuitive, and important, under the criteria set forth above.
Timing: The best times to send submissions are between late February and mid-April and between mid-August and mid-October. We will consider submissions over the summer (from late May until mid-August).
Expedited Review Process: Expedites should be sent via e-mail to email@example.com. An expedite request should include: the author's name, e-mail address, and daytime telephone number; the date by which an answer is required; and the name of the journal that has offered publication. Although we make every effort to review expedited material, we cannot guarantee a reply given the high volume and rapid turnover of submissions.