The American University Law Review invites articles and essays on a wide range of legal and public policy matters.

We publish six books each year. Issues One, Two, Three, and Six contain scholarship on diverse topics relevant to a broad audience. Issue Four is dedicated solely to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and contains scholarship related to patent law, international trade, government contracts, veterans affairs, and other topics within the court’s jurisdiction. Issue Five is dedicated to our annual Symposium, which focuses on a new, trending legal issue.

How to Submit

The Law Review accepts electronic submissions through Scholastica. Authors should include a brief abstract and a curriculum vitae with their manuscript. Please do not send submission materials via email.


Length: The Law Review values succinct arguments. We strongly prefer manuscripts less than 25,000 words in length, including footnotes. Manuscripts that exceed 30,000 words will be considered only in exceptional circumstances.

Format: Text and citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (21st ed. 2020). Manuscripts should use footnotes, as opposed to endnotes.

Authorship: The Law Review welcomes submissions from professors, judges, and practicing lawyers. We will not consider submissions from students outside the journal’s own membership.


The Law Review considers submissions on a rolling basis until the current volume is full. The best times to submit manuscripts are mid-February to early April and early August to late September.

Expedited Review

All expedite requests should be sent through Scholastica. We make every effort to review submissions with expedite deadlines in a timely manner, but given the high volume of submissions the Law Review receives, we cannot guarantee a response to every request.

Editing Policy

The Law Review believes in publishing writing that conveys the author’s unique voice. In the editing process, we strive to preserve our authors’ creativity while providing meticulous technical editing. Our edits are intended to enhance readability, ensure accuracy, and maintain stylistic consistency, and we respect authors’ judgments regarding whether to incorporate our suggestions.

Please direct questions about the submission process to the Senior Articles Editor at