Stanford Law School is inviting submissions from eligible candidates beginning May 1 for the Stanford Law Review.

About Stanford Law School

Stanford Law School is the law school of Stanford University, a private research university near Palo Alto, California.

About the Journal

The Stanford Law Review is a legal journal produced independently by Stanford Law School students. The journal was established in 1948 with future U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher as its first president.

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 be sure to append a statement of originality as a cover page to your 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 (Class of 2023 graduates may submit until the July 2024 call).

The Stanford Law Review does not accept submissions from students at other law schools. Co-authored submissions must have at least one Stanford Law School student co-author; non-law school co-authors must be current Stanford graduate students.

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 centred 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.

Submission Guidelines

  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • For co-authored pieces, please briefly address how each co-author contributed to your submission. The Statement of Originality should be inserted at the front of the submission, as a cover page.

Formatting Guidelines

Please use 12-point Times New Roman font and double-space the text of your Note. For the footnotes, use 10-point Times New Roman font and single-spacing. The Note should use 1-inch margins and include page numbers in the bottom-right corner of the page. All submissions must be in Microsoft Word.

Contact Information

If you have any questions that require you to identify your submission or which otherwise might compromise the blind review process, please contact Executive Editor Cat Xu (

For general questions about the Notes selection process, you can contact the Senior Notes Editor, Jamie Halper, directly at

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