Northwestern University Law Review considers submissions in two different kinds of cycles: during (1) two exclusive submission cycles - winter and summer; and (2) two open submission cycles - spring and fall. Further information regarding the exclusive submission cycles can be found on our exclusive submissions page. Further information regarding the open submission cycles is below.
Open Cycle - Standard Submission Process
How to Submit
Northwestern University Law Review welcomes submissions of unsolicited manuscripts twice a year. Interested authors should submit their work during one of two periods: (1) February through early April; or (2) August through early October. We do not review submissions or expedite any reviews during the summer period (late April through July) or the winter period (mid-October through January).
Winter Exclusive Submission Track: January 2019 - Now Closed
The Northwestern University Law Review Winter Exclusive Submission Cycle is now closed. For all articles that have been submitted by January 15 in accordance with the instructions outlined below, the Law Review guarantees consideration by an Articles Board editor. All final publication decisions will be communicated to authors by February 5, 2019.
Participating authors agree to withhold the article submitted through our exclusive submission track from submission to any other publication until receiving a decision from the Northwestern University Law Review. Participating authors further agree to accept a binding publication offer, should one be extended.
Articles receiving a publication offer via this exclusive submission track will be published in Volume 114 in the fall of 2019. Though publication timelines can often be negotiated, participating authors agree to accept the publication timeline the Law Review offers.
If you are interested in submitting your Article, please email the manuscript as a Word document to our Senior Articles Editor, Kendra Doty at kendradoty2019@nlaw.
If you have any questions, please contact Kendra Doty, Senior Articles Editor, at kendradoty2019@nlaw.
Spring Open Submission: Now Open!
Interested authors must submit articles, essays, and book reviews through the online system Scholastica. Print submissions are not accepted via email and are only accepted via postal mail in extenuating circumstances.
If you have questions regarding print submissions, you may contact Kendra Doty, Senior Articles Editor, for more information.
Northwestern University Law Review attempts to honor all requests for expedited review if a manuscript has received an offer from another journal. When requesting expedited review, please do so via Scholastica; the system will automatically alert the Articles Board. If the Law Review makes an offer on an expedited manuscript, the author will have a limited amount of time to respond to such an offer.
Northwestern University Law Review has no formal length requirements, and we will review all submissions regardless of length. However, we and the editors of several of our peer journals endorse the position that most articles can effectively convey their arguments within the range of 40-70 journal pages. We believe that establishing word limit guidelines will enhance the quality of legal scholarship and improve the editing process. To that end, we strongly prefer articles between 15,000 and 30,000 words, including footnotes. Only in exceptional circumstances will we publish articles in excess of 30,000 words. The Law Review also encourages authors to submit essays, pieces between 8,000 and 15,000 words including footnotes. Essays typically have a more focused purpose—advancing a narrow thesis or contributing to discussion on a current, salient issue.
Annual Empirical Issue
The Northwestern University Law Review is pleased to announce its first annual issue dedicated to empirical legal scholarship, to be published in spring 2019. We welcome pieces making use of any and all empirical tools—including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods—to illuminate and engage questions of legal interest.
The 2019 exclusive submission cycle for the 2020 Empirical Issue will be open from March 15 - April 15, 2019.
If you have questions regarding submissions for the empirical issue, you may contact Meredith McBride, Empirical Articles Editor, for more information.
General Submissions Policies
These policies apply to both print and NULR Online submissions.
Formatting of Text and Citations
Manuscripts should be double-spaced and use footnotes rather than endnotes. Text and citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. 2010) and the Texas Law Review Manual on Usage & Style (12th ed. 2011). We also request that authors provide a word count, including footnotes. The Law Review encourages the use of gender-neutral language.
Replication Policy for Empirical Work
The Northwestern University Law Review strongly encourages authors submitting empirical works to make their datasets available and accessible during the selection process in order to allow for complete consideration of their work. Further, the acceptance of any empirical work will be contingent upon the author's documentation and archival of all datasets in a manner sufficient to allow third parties to replicate the published findings. These datasets will be posted in a publicly available space, such as the Law Review's website. The Law Review will make narrow exceptions to this policy to the extent necessary to protect privacy or confidentiality.