Note Submissions (Closed)

Submissions Call Closed

Volume 70 is no longer accepting submissions. Please check back in spring 2018 for information on submissions to Volume 71.

The Stanford Law Review is seeking Notes and Comments for its Volume 70 Symposium: Federalism in an Age of Polarization. One Note or Comment on the topic of federalism will be selected, and the winning author will be invited to participate in the SLR symposium at Stanford’s campus on February 9-10, 2018.

Who can submit?

This Submissions Call is open to all current law students, including JDs and LLMs, from the classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020 at any ABA-accredited American law school. Law school graduates in the class of 2017 may also submit.

Important instructions for submissions form

The Submissions Form below requires authors to check a box certifying that they are a “Stanford student.” For the purpose of the Special Submissions Call, checking this box instead certifies that the author is a law student at an ABA-accredited American law school.

Similarly, please enter your year of graduation from law school under “Stanford Class Year.”

We apologize for the confusion!

What is a Note or Comment?

  • Note is a student-authored piece of academic writing which discusses and analyzes an original legal issue or problem in some depth.
  • 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.

Blinded Submission

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.

Please consult the following links for information on how to remove identifying information from Microsoft Word documents: Word 2007Word 2010Word 2013, and Word 2016.

Word Limit

  • 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

Each author may submit only one Note or Comment.

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 Rachel Neil at For general questions about the Notes selection process, you can contact the Senior Notes Editor, Hannah Chartoff, directly at Please do NOT email Tierney O’Rourke, despite what the automated confirmation email says.

Submission Information

Format: 01/16/2018
Maximum File Size: 10 MB
Allowed Extensions: .doc, .docx, .odc, .pdf

Author Information