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 append a statement of originality as a cover page to your submission. Where the below submission form asks for information that is already contained in your statement of originality, please write “See 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. Graduates must make their submissions by the third Submissions Call in the year following their graduation, which takes place in June. (Class of 2018 graduates may submit until the June 2019 call.) The Stanford Law Review does not accept submissions from students at other law schools.
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 identifying information, including the author’s name and any acknowledgements, must be removed prior to submission. Further, authors should take care not to discuss their work with any members of the Notes Committee.
- 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. The Statement of Originality should be inserted at the front of the submission, as a cover page.
If you have any questions that require you to identify your submission or which otherwise might compromise the blind review process, please contact SLR Executive Editor Catherine Yuh at email@example.com. For general questions about the Notes selection process, you can contact the Senior Notes Editor, Ethan Herenstein, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.