Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Publishing for Legal Scholars

A guide to publishing for legal scholars

Types of Journals

There are two primary types of law reviews. One is the general-subject law review. This typically carries the name of the law school, such as the Washington and Lee Law Review. Many schools also have subject-specific law reviews, like the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights & Social Justice.

Some useful material on law reviews include:

Law Journals Submissions and Ranking Database from Washington & Lee Law School

Allen K. Rostron and Nancy Levitt, Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews & Journals (SSRN Working Paper, 2020)

Robert M. Jarvis and Phyllis G. Coleman, Ranking Law Reviews by Author Prominence - Ten Years Later, 99 Law Library Journal 573 (2007).

Tracey E. George and Chris Guthrie, An Empirical Evaluation of Specialized Law Reviews, 26 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 813 (1999).

Where to Submit

Washington and Lee Rankings

The law library at Washington and Lee University maintains a database of law reviews with information about how often they are cited. 

There is some correlation between a law school's ranking in the U.S. News and World Report rankings and in the ranking of its flagship law review. 

Other Disciplines

The law library can help you develop a list of other journals from other disciplines to target with your submission. Contact Elliott Hibbler for more information.