The Stanford Law Review was organized in 1948 (see Warren Christopher's 1948 President's Page from Volume 1 of the Review). Each year the Law Review publishes one volume, comprised of six separate issues. Each issue contains material written by student members of the Law Review, other Stanford law students, and outside contributors, such as law professors, judges, and practicing lawyers. Beginning in 2011, the Stanford Law Review Online supplements the Law Review's print editions by publishing short, accessible, and timely pieces of legal scholarship on this website (see Introducing the Stanford Law Review Online).
The Law Review has two principal functions: to educate and foster intellectual discourse among the student membership, and to contribute to legal scholarship by addressing important legal and social issues. Law Review participants select, edit, and publish articles and notes on the cutting edge of legal scholarship. Through these activities, they develop important research, editorial, administrative, and teaching skills. Editors are trained to critically and comprehensively evaluate submissions. Through a team-editing process, they address the work's analysis, writing style, research, organization, and accuracy. In addition, student authors who submit notes for publication receive extensive editorial assistance that helps them write more clearly and persuasively.
The Law Review is operated entirely by Stanford Law School students and is fully independent of faculty and administration review or supervision. The organization is self-supporting and derives its income principally from subscriptions and copyright royalties.
For a concise account of the beginnings of the Law Review, see, e.g., John R. McDonough, The Stanford Law Review: In the Beginning, 20 Stan. L. Rev. 401 (1968).
For more information, please contact a member of the Stanford Law Review's executive board.
For current and past listings of Stanford Law Review editors, visit our mastheads page.
The process for becoming a member of the Stanford Law Review is open to all first-year Stanford Law School students and transfer students. Members are selected at the end of their first year through a blind-graded exercise that tests candidates on their editing skills and legal writing ability. Out of the first-year class and transfer students, roughly forty-five membership offers are extended.
Candidates who accept membership offers must serve a two-year commitment to the Review. During their first year on the Review, members are part of editing teams that substantively edit, bluebook, and proofread the content that goes into the Review. During their second year, members become senior editors that lead editing teams and serve on various committees (such as the Articles Committee, the Notes Committee, the Development Committee, and the Online Committee). Alternatively, those in their second year of membership are eligible to serve on the Stanford Law Review's Executive Board. Members are also responsible for writing a Note or Comment for possible publication. The Stanford Law Review strongly encourages all current Stanford Law School first-year students to consider becoming a part of the Review.
The Stanford Law Review is committed to diversity in its membership. We have demonstrated this commitment in a number of ways, including:
- Institutionalizing efforts to recruit diverse candidates by adding a focus on diversity to the responsibilities of the Senior Development Editor in charge of membership;
- Conducting a critical review of the candidate exercise with experienced professors in order to minimize the disparate impact of the exercise upon students of color;
- Holding informational sessions for purposes of recruiting students of color; and
- Reaching out to students (and especially women) from typically underrepresented career interests (corporate, business, public interest, and others).