Northwestern University Law Review Online (NULR Online) has been in operation since 2006 and is one of the longest-running online scholarly publications operated by a major law review. We feature short, lightly footnoted pieces on timely and relevant legal issues. Content includes short expositions of new ideas, analysis of emerging legal topics, dialogues on ongoing legal debates, analysis of upcoming or recently decided high-profile cases, and short responses to already-published scholarship. While the shorter length and light footnoting policy allows scholars to publish their thoughts within weeks of an emerging legal development, our rigorous editorial process ensures we maintain the quality of scholarship expected of a print law review.

For those who wish to publish pieces that strike a balance between the depth and rigor of a full-length law review article and the speed and brevity of an op-ed, NULR Online publishes short essays, generally between 5,000 and 9,000 words, inclusive of footnotes, with a maximum of 12,500 words. These essays will be published on the Law Review’s website and are carried on Westlaw and LexisNexis; in addition, up to two NULR Online essays are published in each print issue of the Law Review.

If you have questions about NULR Online, or wish to submit a piece to be considered for publication in NULR Online, please e-mail the Senior Online Editor.

COVID-19 Blog Initiative

We are also operating a COVID-19 initiative on our blog,  NULR Online Of Note. We welcome all posts that explore the legal questions that arise due to the pandemic and the constantly changing legal landscape.

Posts should be approximately 500 words in length. Interested authors should submit their work or additional questions to