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The Virginia Law Review Online offers a two-week turnaround for timely, relevant pieces. Please email to submit a piece to the Virginia Law Review Online

Online Submissions

Virginia Law Review Online is the Virginia Law Review's exclusive online publication. VLR Online features short essays and responses by law professors, judges, practicing lawyers, scholars from other disciplines, and current law students.

We welcome any submission that would meaningfully contribute to academic legal discourse. Submissions may respond to the articles and essays that we publish in both our print edition and VLR Online. Submissions may also explore new ideas that are unrelated to our print content, or comment on legal issues that are of current interest.

Submission Guidelines

When reviewing submissions, Virginia Law Review Online considers whether the pieces are topical, intuitive, and important.

  • Topical
    • Does the submission address a contemporary legal issue?
  • Intuitive
    • Is the issue easy to understand in 3–5 sentences? Due to the length of the pieces published in VLR Online, pieces that require more explanation tend to have less legal analysis.
  • Important
    • Is the piece and/or topic likely to have a practical impact, either on practitioners, the legal academic community, or society as a whole?

Submissions selected for publication will undergo an expedited editing process. Assuming author compliance with the editing schedule, VLR Online guarantees publication within two weeks of acceptance.

Length: Pieces published in VLR Online are lightly-footnoted with 3,000 or fewer words.

Format: We only accept electronic submissions to VLR Online. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to in Microsoft Word format. The subject line of the email should read "Online Submission." Submissions should be in Times 11 or a larger sized font, should utilize footnotes instead of endnotes, and should have numbered pages. All submissions must include:

  1. 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).

      Though not required, it may also be advantageous for the cover letter to explain why the submission addresses an issue that is topical, intuitive, and important, under the criteria set forth above.

  2. A brief abstract (under 250 words) on a separate page, 
  3. A copy of the manuscript, and
  4. The author's most recent resume or C.V.


Timing: The best times to send submissions are between late February and mid-April and between mid-August and mid-October. We will consider submissions over the summer (from late May until mid-August).

Expedited Review Process: Expedites should be sent via e-mail to 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.