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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Submission Angsting Spring 2016

This is the post to share information or ask questions about submitting to law reviews.

The comments can be used to share information, complaints, praise, etc. about which journals you have heard from, which you have not, and so forth.

Additionally, a spreadsheet to gather information is here (and embedded below).

I won't update or watch the spreadsheet. You can go ahead and add your own information by going to the spreadsheet here. The spreadsheet is editable by anyone, except that the "days to rejection" and "days to acceptance" columns are locked because they auto-calculate. (If something about them needs to be changed post a comment, and I will change them.) As more information is added, I will do some pointless data calculations on subsequent sheets.

Rostron & Levit's extremely helpful guide to submitting to law reviews is available here.

Here is the final page of comments.

Update: I have added a column to the spreadsheet entitled "Username" (current column H, after "Days to Acceptance"). This is of course totally optional, but a way to make keeping track easier. For example, if you pick a username (for some reason the sample username "Floop" keeps coming to my mind), you will easily be able to sort by your entries and update them, instead of trying to remember what day you submitted and sorting that way. This also adds information -- showing, for example, that all of the entries on the spreadsheet come from one person, or from lots of people, etc. At any rate, totally optional, and simply a way to add more information.


Posted by Sarah Lawsky on February 2, 2016 at 02:06 PM in Law Review Review | Permalink


I would take Oklahoma.

Posted by: Wanderer | Apr 21, 2016 9:45:43 AM

Submitted an article to 9 international law journals on 22/4/2016 (Harvard, UPenn, Stanford, Berkeley, Cornell etc.) and no response from any yet... should I read into this as a good sign?

Posted by: cloud | Apr 30, 2016 12:41:35 PM

when can we start angsting about fall submissions? where is the url for that?

Posted by: westcoastprof | Jul 21, 2016 5:07:05 PM

What are people's thoughts on the best time to submit articles in the fall cycle? I would imagine that earlier is better, given that many schools only have 1-2 slots remaining. Do schools that claim to review "year-round" really do so?I don't know anyone who has received an offer on an article during June or July.

Posted by: anonygoose | Jul 21, 2016 8:51:34 PM


I submitted two articles on July 15, and have offers pending on both. These are from law reviews around T90 and a specialty journal at a T20 school. I suspect that these law reviews are jumping in quickly to secure acceptances before the T50 or so start reviewing in earnest in early August. But my guess is as good as anyone's.


Posted by: Tim Riggins | Jul 21, 2016 11:11:50 PM

BYU ding

Posted by: guestie | Jul 22, 2016 9:59:22 AM

I had been planning to put up the angsting thread on August 1, as journals generally seem to return "in August."

Posted by: Sarah Lawsky | Jul 22, 2016 1:21:17 PM

Shout out to Emory for a quick, personalized, and very polite ding.

Posted by: So&So | Jul 24, 2016 7:00:29 PM

So&So--how did you submit to Emory? Scholastica says they are closed until August.

Posted by: Emory? | Jul 24, 2016 8:54:19 PM

Emory? -- my apologies, it was the online supplement for Emory's general LR. Not the regular print.

Posted by: So&So | Jul 24, 2016 9:44:04 PM

Hello all -- I couldn't hold out until August 1. New thread is up here:


Posted by: Sarah Lawsky | Jul 25, 2016 11:25:24 AM

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