Symposium Submissions

How to Submit

The Northwestern University Law Review is no longer accepting papers for our 2017 Symposium, "A Fear of Too Much Justice"?: Equal Protection and the Social Sciences 30 Years after McCleskey v. Kempwhich will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. A full description of our 2017 Symposium can be found on the Symposium page.

The Law Review is also no longer accepting symposium proposals for the 2017–2018 academic year. Submissions for future symposia will be accepted via email at If you have any questions, please feel free to email our Syposium Editor, Adithi Grama

When formulating symposium proposals, please keep in mind:

  1. The Law Review anticipates an in-person event occurring in September–October 2018 if the proposal calls for an in-person symposium. The first drafts would be due in August or September, with revised drafts due in late October, for inclusion in Northwestern University Law Review 113:6, which will be published in spring 2019. 
  2. The Law Review does not have a designated symposium grant or budget through Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and cannot guarantee any funding for travel/accommodations/meals for an in-person event, as the Law Review’s funding for symposia is extremely limited. The Law Review will work with organizers to obtain grant funding and other sources of sponsorship;
  3. Publication is not guaranteed to any speaker and the Northwestern University Law Review has full discretion in selecting pieces for publication in our print and online editions. Pieces should be around 10,000 words in length. The Law Review will offer publishing contracts to certain contributors based on the recommendations of the Law Review board and symposium organizers;
  4. This call for proposals is an open call made to the legal academic community. Nevertheless, in the same way that Northwestern Pritzker Law faculty receive article review prioritization, proposals led by or including members of the Northwestern Law faculty will also be prioritized in our review process. We encourage all proposals to include Northwestern faculty among their participants.

To allow our board to assess your proposal, please describe your idea and its contribution to legal scholarship as fully as possible, including its originality, timeliness, and how it fosters diversity of legal scholarship. Please also submit an addendum that includes the following elements:

  1. A list of potential symposium speakers (ideally between 5 and 7) that you believe would add to the academic quality of the event and who may welcome an invitation to publish and/or speak;
  2. An anticipated source of funding, with a rough budget if possible;
  3. The name and contact information of the proposed Symposium Director, who will serve as the point person for coordination and decisions with the Law Review executive board;
  4. A tentative timeline for publication drafts and a date for a physical symposium. Although the Law Review would prefer an in-person event held at the law school, a proposal need not have a physical event to be considered.