Exclusive Submissions

The Northwestern University Law Review Exclusive Submission Track closed January 15, 2021. For all Articles that were submitted by January 15, 2021 in accordance with the instructions outlined below, the Law Review guaranteed consideration by an Articles Board editor and a final publication decision on or before January 30, 2021.

We did not accept empirical submissions during our Winter Exclusive Cycle. For information regarding empirical submissions, please see here.

Submission Terms

Participating authors agree to withhold the Article submitted through our Exclusive Submission Track from submission to any other publication until receiving a final decision from the Northwestern University Law Review. Participating authors further agree to accept a binding publication offer, should one be extended.

Submission Procedure

Interested authors must submit Articles to NULR via email, during the submission window, at nulr@nlaw.northwestern.edu.

Anonymous Review

For the Winter 2021 Exclusive Track, the Law Review piloted an anonymous review process. Accordingly, to be considered, all authors must fully anonymize their submissions. We ask that each manuscript be stripped of the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and any other identifying information. Additionally, citations using phrases, or supporting phrases above the line, that reference the author’s prior work (e.g., “as I have argued previously” or “in a previous article”) must be redacted to ensure complete anonymity. We prioritized submissions that comply with these requirements; a failure to submit a properly anonymized manuscript may negatively affect our review. Our review process was fully anonymized until the Article Board’s final vote.

Submission Requirements

In addition to a completely anonymized manuscript (consistent with the procedure outlined above), we ask that authors submit (1) a cover letter that includes your name, Article title, word count, phone number, and email address and (2) a CV or résumé.

Confirmation & Communication

We confirmed receipt of manuscripts via email within 48 hours of submission. If you did not receive confirmation within five (5) days, please email the Editor-in-Chief directly at adam.sopko@law.northwestern.edu.

To ensure anonymity, please direct all questions regarding the Exclusive Submission Track to us at nulr@nlaw.northwestern.edu with the subject line “Exclusive Submission Track.”