May 2018 Notes Pool

The Virginia Law Review will be accepting submissions for its May Notes Pool from 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 4th until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18th. 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 discouraged. Notes longer than 17,500 words will not be considered without prior approval of the Notes Development Editor (Please email Victoria Granda at Students may submit Notes shorter than 10,000 words.

2. Only electronic submissions will be accepted for the May Pool. 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.

3. Your name should not appear in the Note, but attach a 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. All submissions must be emailed to 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 May 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 2007: Follow instructions here:

·       Word 2010: Follow instructions here:

·       Mac: Select Word Preferences, Click Security icon, select the box next to Remove personal information from the file on save. Click OK.

5. In addition to the document above, all submissions must include a SEPARATE DOCUMENT with the following information, which is to be emailed to in .pdf format. The document should be titled “Note Title.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

The results of the May Notes Pool will be announced at 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 ( or stop by the Law Review office.