Annual Symposium

Each year, the Law Review hosts a Symposium and publishes an issue on a trending legal topic. Traditionally, the Symposium is held in the Spring, and the issue is published later that Spring. Previous topics range from the Internet of Things to immigration.

2024 Annual Symposium Call for Papers

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The American University Law Review is placing a call for submissions of original legal articles and scholarly commentaries for its forthcoming Annual Symposium issue, this year dedicated to artificial intelligence and the law. Specifically, the Law Review seeks submissions analyzing developing areas of copyright, plagiarism, tort liability, and regulation as they relate to the emergence of artificial intelligence. However, other topics related to artificial intelligence will be considered. The target
publication date is slated for mid-2024.

Next year, the Law Review’s Spring Symposium will be held on February 9, 2024. This symposium will explore and engage with burgeoning legal issues implicating artificial intelligence. Selected authors may have the opportunity to present their work as a panelist at the Symposium, but participation is not a requirement for consideration.

How to Submit

Please submit manuscripts to the Law Review through Scholastica by January 1, 2023. Authors should include a brief abstract and a curriculum vitae (cv) with their manuscript. For more information about Scholastica submissions, see the “Submissions” page on

Submission Guidelines

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 preferably conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (21st ed. 2020). Submissions conforming to the 20th edition of the Bluebook are acceptable; however, the Law Review will edit such citations accordingly. Manuscripts should use footnotes, as opposed to endnotes.

Authorship: The Law Review seeks to publish authors from diverse backgrounds. The Law Review welcomes submissions from professors, judges, and practicing lawyers. Unfortunately, we will not consider submissions from students outside the journal’s own membership.

About the American University Law Review

Founded in 1952, the American University Law Review is the oldest and largest student-run publication at the American University Washington College of Law (WCL) and publishes six issues each year.

The Law Review receives approximately 1,500 submissions annually and publishes a wide range of legal scholarship from professors, judges, practicing lawyers, and renowned legal thinkers. The Law Review has published articles or commentary by Supreme Court Chief Justices Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, and Earl Warren, as well as Associate Justices Hugo Black, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Arthur Goldberg. The Law Review has also published articles or commentary by prominent legal figures such as Stephen Bright, Paul Butler, Erwin Chemerinsky, Tom Goldstein, Paul Kamenar, Judge Paul Michel, Judge Stephen Reinhardt, Nadine Strossen, and Laurence Tribe.

In addition to serving as an academic forum for legal scholarship and a research tool for professors and practitioners, the Law Review is committed to developing the writing and research skills of its staff. The Law Review showcases student-written pieces by publishing Notes and Comments, unrestricted in terms of subject or area of the law, in each issue. In support of the staff, the Law Review has an esteemed faculty advisory board, including Professors Ira P. Robbins, Elizabeth Beske, Walter Effross, Christine Haight Farley, Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, Paul Figley, Angi Porter, and Stephen Wermiel.

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Law Review also houses an online companion publication called the Forum. The Forum serves as a platform to generate timely discussion of scholarship published in the Law Review’s print issues. It enables the academic discourse within the Law Review’s print issues to continue after publication. The Forum also creates more opportunity to advance student written scholarship by publishing Notes and Comments written by Law Review staff members. Like the print publication, the Forum is available on HeinOnline, Westlaw, and LexisNexis, as well as through the Law Review’s

Watch the recording of our previous Annual Symposium below!

Past Annual Symposia