Submissions

The University of Chicago Law Review now accepts submissions through Scholastica. We encourage authors to create an account and submit to our journal and others at https://scholasticahq.com. Alternatively, you may email us your manuscript at lrarticles@law.uchicago.edu. Submissions to our online companion, The University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue, should be made to dialogue@law.uchicago.edu.

I. Selection

Thank you for considering submitting your article to us. We look forward to reading your work. We review and accept articles year-round on a rolling basis. Our editors carefully consider every article regardless of when it is submitted, and we encourage all authors to submit their works to us whenever they believe they are suitable for publication.   

The Law Review occasionally solicits feedback on submissions from scholars who are expert in their field. Please be aware that this peer review is part of the standard review process that your article may undergo. Before sending an article out for peer review, we remove information that identifies the author, although the reviewer may be familiar with the article if it has been presented at a workshop or conference or circulated online. We never disclose the names of our peer reviewers or share their reviews with the author. 

Our editors always seek to review articles within a few weeks after receiving them, but it might take longer to reach a decision when submission volumes are high. If we are unable to extend a publication offer, we will notify the author promptly.  

When The Law Review decides to publish an article, we contact the author immediately to extend an offer. We always allow the author seven days to decide whether to accept an offer for our print edition and, due to an expedited publication schedule, twenty-four hours to accept an offer for The Dialogue. If the author needs additional time to decide whether to accept an offer of publication, we will likely grant an extension.

II. Light Edit Policy

The Law Review is proud to employ a light edit policy. The journal believes strongly that both the argument and the voice of a manuscript should be the creations of the author. Our edits are intended to hone the author’s vision, rather than replace it with our own.

After our first round of substantial editing, we return a redlined copy of the manuscript to the author showing all changes that we have made. Substantial edits are accompanied by substantive comments or questions. Our changes are meant as reasoned suggestions, not editorial edicts, and we will respect the author’s judgment regarding whether the changes should be made. 

III. Expedited Review

Please let us know if you have received an offer of publication from another journal and would like The Law Review to expedite our review of your article. If you submitted your article through Scholastica, you can log in to your account and indicate that you need an expedited decision. You may also contact us at lrarticles@law.uchicago.edu. Please include your name, the title of your article, the name of the journal that has extended an offer to publish your article, and the date and time that their offer expires. 

The Law Review will attempt to honor all requests for an expedited review. We are not always able to respond personally to each request because of the large number of expedited review requests we receive and the limited time frame that we have to complete the review.

IV. Withdrawal

We appreciate if you are able to let us know that you have decided to withdraw your article from consideration. If you submitted your article through Scholastica you may log into your account and withdraw the article. Or you can email us at lrarticles@law.uchicago.edu. Please include your name and the title of your manuscript. 

Thank you again for considering submitting your piece to The University of Chicago Law Review. All additional inquiries concerning article submissions should be directed to lrarticles@law.uchicago.edu.

V. Submissions to The Dialogue

The University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue aims to publish original essays on current legal issues, responses to content published in The University of Chicago Law Review, and scholarly debates. Submissions should generally fall between 2,000 and 4,000 words, inclusive of footnotes, but pieces of up to 6,000 words will be considered for publication. All submissions should be sent to dialogue@law.uchicago.edu.