Northwestern University Law Review considers submissions in two different kinds of cycles: during (1) two exclusive submission cycles - winter and summer; and (2) two open submission cycles - spring and fall. Further information regarding the exclusive submission cycles can be found on our exclusive submissions page. Further information regarding the open submission cycles is below.
Open Cycle - Standard Submission Process
How to Submit
Northwestern University Law Review welcomes submissions of unsolicited manuscripts twice a year. Interested authors should submit their work during one of two periods: (1) February through early April; or (2) August through early October. We do not review submissions or expedite any reviews during the summer period (late April through July) or the winter period (mid-October through January).
Our 2018 Fall Selection Cycle will be open as of August 1. We look forward to receiving your submissions!
Interested authors must submit articles, essays, and book reviews through the online system Scholastica. Print submissions are not accepted via email and are only accepted via postal mail in extenuating circumstances.
If you have questions regarding print submissions, you may contact Kendra Doty, Senior Articles Editor, for more information.
Summer Exclusive Submission Track: July 2018 - NOW OPEN!
The Northwestern University Law Review's Spring Exclusive Submission Track is now open and will remain open from July 1 - 15, 2018. For all articles submitted in accordance with the instructions outlined below, the Law Review guarantees Articles Board consideration and a publication decision by July 31, 2018. Articles receiving a publication offer via the exclusive submission track will be published in late fall of 2018 and early spring of 2019.
If you have any questions, please contact Kendra Doty, Senior Articles Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please kindly title the subject line "2018 Exclusive Submission Track."
Northwestern University Law Review attempts to honor all requests for expedited review if a manuscript has received an offer from another journal. When requesting expedited review, please do so via Scholastica; the system will automatically alert the Articles Board. If the Law Review makes an offer on an expedited manuscript, the author will have a limited amount of time to respond to such an offer.
Northwestern University Law Review has no formal length requirements, and we will review all submissions regardless of length. However, we and the editors of several of our peer journals endorse the position that most articles can effectively convey their arguments within the range of 40-70 journal pages. We believe that establishing word limit guidelines will enhance the quality of legal scholarship and improve the editing process. To that end, we strongly prefer articles between 15,000 and 30,000 words, including footnotes. Only in exceptional circumstances will we publish articles in excess of 30,000 words. The Law Review also encourages authors to submit essays, pieces between 8,000 and 15,000 words including footnotes. Essays typically have a more focused purpose—advancing a narrow thesis or contributing to discussion on a current, salient issue.
First Annual Empirical Issue
The Northwestern University Law Review is pleased to announce its first annual issue dedicated to empirical legal scholarship, to be published in spring 2019. We welcome pieces making use of any and all empirical tools—including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods—to illuminate and engage questions of legal interest.
The exclusive submission window for this issue will run from March 15 - April 15, 2018. All pieces of interest will be anonymously reviewed by members of the Law Review’s Empirical Advisory Board in advance of publication decisions to be issued by July 31, 2018. Please note that some pieces may be conditionally accepted upon the advice of faculty reviewers.
If you have questions regarding submissions for the empirical issue, you may contact Meredith McBride, Empirical Articles Editor, for more information.
General Submissions Policies
These policies apply to both print and NULR Online submissions.
Formatting of Text and Citations
Manuscripts should be double-spaced and use footnotes rather than endnotes. Text and citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. 2010) and the Texas Law Review Manual on Usage & Style (12th ed. 2011). We also request that authors provide a word count, including footnotes. The Law Review encourages the use of gender-neutral language.
Replication Policy for Empirical Work
The Northwestern University Law Review strongly encourages authors submitting empirical works to make their datasets available and accessible during the selection process in order to allow for complete consideration of their work. Further, the acceptance of any empirical work will be contingent upon the author's documentation and archival of all datasets in a manner sufficient to allow third parties to replicate the published findings. These datasets will be posted in a publicly available space, such as the Law Review's website. The Law Review will make narrow exceptions to this policy to the extent necessary to protect privacy or confidentiality.