The Virginia Law Review publishes eight issues per year: March, April, May, June, September, October, November, and December. We welcome Article submissions from judges, professors, practitioners, and law clerks. We do not, however, consider work by current law students (though University of Virginia law students can submit Notes).
All submissions must include:
Length: We strongly prefer Articles under 25,000 words (including
footnotes). We will publish manuscripts over 30,000 words only under
Format: We strongly prefer electronic submissions. Electronic submissions should be sent through ExpressO only.
- a cover letter, which should prominently feature the following:
- the title of the manuscript,
- an e-mail address (Note: We will not acknowledge receipt of submissions without an e-mail address),
- a mailing address,
- a daytime telephone number,
- a word count for the manuscript (including footnotes) and a separate word count for the footnotes.
- a brief abstract (under 250 words) on a separate page, and
- a copy of the manuscript.
Resumes and other biographical information are optional.
Timing: The best times to send Articles are between late February and mid-April and between mid-August and mid-October. We do not actively consider manuscripts over the summer (from late May until mid-August) and will not respond to requests for expedited review during that time.
Expedited Review Process: We consider expedite requests during the school year, but not over the summer. Expedites should be sent through ExpressO only. An expedite request should include: the author's name, e-mail address, and daytime telephone number; the date by which an answer is required; and the name of the journal that has offered publication. Although we make every effort to review expedited material, we cannot guarantee a reply given the high volume and rapid turnover of submissions.