We strongly encourage all students at Stanford Law School to submit Notes, Comments, and other submissions to the Stanford Law Review for publication. For more information, please see the Guide to Student Submissions. Please be sure to append a statement of originality as a cover page to your submission.
Who can submit?
The Stanford Law Review accepts Notes and Comments only from current Stanford Law School students and Stanford students who graduated within the past year (Class of 2023 graduates may submit until the July 2024 call). For Volume 76, we will offer submissions calls from Jan. 15 – Feb. 7, Mar. 1 – Mar. 31, May 1 – May 31, and July 1 – July 31 (schedule subject to change). The Stanford Law Review does not accept submissions from students at other law schools. Co-authored submissions must have at least one Stanford Law School student co-author; non-law school co-authors must be current Stanford graduate students.
What is a Note or Comment?
- A Note is a student-authored piece of academic writing which discusses and analyzes an original legal issue or problem in some depth.
- A Comment is a student-authored piece of academic writing that is centered around an analysis or critique of a recent case, piece of legislation, law journal article, or law-related book. Comments are also significantly shorter than Notes.
All submissions are considered and evaluated by the Notes Committee without any identifying information. Therefore, all identifying information, including the author’s name, any acknowledgments, and metadata, must be removed prior to submission. While the submission form asks for demographic data, that data is not used during the evaluation process at all. Further, authors should take care not to discuss their work with any members of the Notes Committee.
Please use 12-point Times New Roman font and double-space the text of your Note. For the footnotes, use 10-point Times New Roman font and single-spacing. The Note should use 1-inch margins and include page numbers in the bottom-right corner of the page. All submissions must be in Microsoft Word.
- Notes cannot be longer than 17,500 words.
- Comments cannot be longer than 7,500 words.
These word limits include footnotes (be careful, as the default setting in Microsoft Word does not include footnotes in the word count), but do not include the table of contents, the Statement of Originality, or the Statement of Resubmission.
Limit on Submissions
A student may make no more than two submissions during any given call. Each student is allowed to publish a maximum of two pieces in the Stanford Law Review. For the purposes of both limits, publications may be any combination of Notes, Comments, or other submissions, and they may be in the same or different volumes. (Publication in SLR Online does not count.)
Submissions may not have been previously published elsewhere.
Statement of Originality
All Notes and Comments must contain a Statement of Originality detailing how the argument being advanced fits into the current literature. It should be clear from this Statement how your argument differs from those of other authors. For Comments, please include a list of other reviews on the case, legislation, article, or book, and address how yours adds to them. The Statement should also provide information about the published scholarship that underlies or inspired the piece, the names of professors who would be well-suited to review the submission (they need not be at Stanford), and the names of professors who are already familiar with the piece and its authorship. For co-authored pieces, please briefly address how each co-author contributed to your submission. The Statement of Originality should be inserted at the front of the submission, as a cover page.
The Notes Committee does not offer expedited reviews. Submissions will only be reviewed after each call closes. Please contact Executive Editor Cat Xu (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
If a student has a Note selected during any of the four calls before that student’s 3L year, that student will be extended an offer to join the Stanford Law Review. As of February 1, 2021, the Candidate Exercise is no longer a requirement to Note-on. Co-authors and Comment authors will not be eligible to Note-on unless they also write a single-author Note that is accepted. Please contact Executive Editor Cat Xu (email@example.com) with any questions about the Note-on process or your own eligibility.
If you have any questions that require you to identify your submission or which otherwise might compromise the blind review process, please contact Executive Editor Cat Xu (firstname.lastname@example.org). For general questions about the Notes selection process, you can contact the Senior Notes Editor, Jamie Halper, directly at email@example.com.