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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Law Review Submission Season

Has it begun?  It's probably a bit early for Redyip, the great bird of the gods of Zarcon, to send its glorious signal.  But have folks begun submitting?  And have reviews started reviewing?  I've heard rumors in the past that the submission season has crept up to late January.

Posted by Matt Bodie on January 27, 2009 at 02:19 PM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink

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Indeed, Redyip has not yet given the signal.

Posted by: Orin Kerr | Jan 27, 2009 3:27:27 PM

My (top 15-20) journal has yet to empanel the editorial board for the upcoming volume (i.e., the 2009-2010 academic year). It is thus impossible for the articles editors for that volume to begin reviewing submissions. I would not be surprised if we are accepting submissions, but this means only that they would be gathering virtual dust in ExpressO, with zero benefit to the author for submitting before the articles department is up and running.

I have to imagine this is pretty standard: law reviews are not yet reviewing submissions. You're still going to be at the front of the big wave if you submit in the first week in March, and expedites based on offers from lower-ranked journals are still going to be the key factor in getting a fast decision on your article (or being Jack Balkin or Larry Tribe). With maybe rare exceptions, the submission season realistically has crept up to late February, not late January. As long as it's 2Ls (who still have all of their 2L responsibilities) reviewing submissions in the spring, it's impossible--or at least impracticable--for it to move up much further than it already has.

Posted by: AE | Jan 27, 2009 3:28:35 PM

Sounds like you have something ready to go, Matt.

Posted by: David Zaring | Jan 27, 2009 3:46:46 PM

Top 5 journal AE here: Late February is the earliest. Also, I would wait until March 1 to let the AE's get their feet wet on other people's work. AE's can be pretty random. That said, if you think random will help, submit sooner.

Posted by: anon | Jan 27, 2009 3:48:02 PM

Dave -- I have nothing ready to go and thus can ask without angst.

Posted by: Matt Bodie | Jan 27, 2009 11:02:23 PM

The new YLJ Articles Committee will begin reviewing submissions in mid-February.

Posted by: Anthony Vitarelli | Jan 28, 2009 9:21:48 PM

I can only add as a data point that my top 20 journal has not had its editorial board yet empaneled. But at our interest meeting for ed board, the AE did point out we have 27 submissions sitting in Express-O, just waiting for us.

Posted by: Sean M. | Jan 29, 2009 8:48:29 AM

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