January 2019 Notes Pool

The Virginia Law Review will be accepting submissions for its January Notes Pool from 8:00 a.m. on Friday, January 25th until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8th. Late submissions will not be accepted. Students who would like their Note to be considered for publication in the Law Review should read the following guidelines and submission instructions:

1. The recommended length for a Note is 10,000–15,000 words including footnotes (approximately 35–50 pages in double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font). Notes longer than 15,000 words are strongly discouraged. Notes longer than 17,500 words will not be considered without prior approval of the Notes Development Editor. Students may submit Notes shorter than 10,000 words without approval.

2. Submit SIX (6) copies of your Note to the Law Review office (WB 292) by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8th. Please use double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font for the body of your submission. Please use single-spaced footnotes rather than endnotes for citations and references. You may print your Note on both sides of the page.

3. Your name should not appear on these six copies, but each copy should have an attached cover page which includes:

·       The title of your Note.

·       An abstract of approximately 250 words or fewer, single-spaced, which briefly summarizes the argument of your Note.

·       A table of contents.

·       A list of the five (5) sources cited that are most related to your work.

·       The word count for your Note, both with and without footnotes.

·       If you are resubmitting a Note that you previously submitted to the Virginia Law Review, a brief description of any substantive changes made to the Note.

4. Submit everything in one large manila envelope with the title of your note on the outside. A box will be available outside WB 292.

5. All submissions must be emailed to vlr_fkvt@sendtodropbox.com in .docx format by the time the Pool closes. The document must include the cover page, the file name must be the Note Title, and the subject line of the email must be January Notes Pool. Please remove any identifying information from the body of the document as well as personal information embedded in the digital file by following the instructions below. This includes removing identifying information typically included at the beginning of a Note in a * footnote, such as class information, Notes Advisors, or professors that assisted in the drafting and editing of the Note. Correctly following all instructions will maintain each author’s anonymity.

·       Word 2010, 2013, 2016: Go to File, select “Info”, click on Check for Issues”, click on “Inspect Document”. In the dialog box, click “Remove All” and close box. Save document.

·       Word for Mac 2016, 2018: Go to Tools, select “Protect Document” or select “Protect Document” button on Review tab. Save document.

6. In addition to the document above, all submissions must include in a SEPARATE DOCUMENT the following information, which is to be both emailed to vlr_fkvt@sendtodropbox.com in .pdf format and placed in a SEPARATE ENVELOPE in the box. The separate envelope should be sealed and have “Note Title, Confidential” written on the outside. The electronic copy should be titled “Note Title.Confidential” (e.g. “Breaking Bad Law.Confidential”. This separate document should be a single page and include:

·       Your name, phone number, e-mail address, and mailing address

·       The title of your Note

·       A signed statement (an electronic signature will be accepted) that your Note was substantially written during law school

·       The name(s) of the professor(s) with whom you worked when writing your Note

7. Please complete this survey to better improve our process. The survey will not record your name or email address and will in no way be tied to your Note. Your information remains confidential and, other than the Notes Development Editor and/or your Notes Advisor, your identity will never be revealed to the Notes Department unless your Note is accepted for publication.

8. For those current or eligible former students who are unable to physically submit a Note, please send your submission as described above to the address below. Both envelopes may be placed inside a larger envelope, as long as they remain separate. Packets must be received by the date of the closing of the Notes Pool to be considered.

Valerie Listorti – Room WB 292
Virginia Law Review Association
580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903

If your packet will not arrive in time, please contact the Notes Development Editor before the submission deadline.


The results of the January Notes Pool will be announced at www.VirginiaLawReview.org. All current students whose Notes are accepted for publication by March 1st of their 3L year are invited to join the Law Review. If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Granda (vcg5kv@virginia.edu) or stop by the Law Review office.