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Monday, July 27, 2009

Late Summer Law Review Submissions

I was speaking with a few colleagues recently about the late summer law review submission window, and it seemed that we each had different understandings about when exactly the window is. One of us thought it ran from the second week in August to the first week of September, another thought the window began in late July, and the third thought that the window opened a week before classes began and closed in late September. And someone else I spoke with thought that most major journals now completely fill their books in the spring, and thus essentially don't look at late summer submissions.

On further reflection I realized that we might all be somewhat correct, as the window may vary from school to school. But in the belief that more information is generally better, I thought I'd ask the Prawfs readers --- especially those with recent personal knowledge as authors or editors --- to indicate in the comment thread when they think the late summer window is. If you have journal-specific information, including whether a specific law review has filled all of its issues for the upcoming year, please include it in your comment.

Posted by Carissa Hessick on July 27, 2009 at 02:50 PM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink

Comments

Redyip, maybe?

http://www.theonion.com/content/news/solitary_crow_on_fence_post

Posted by: Alice Ristroph | Aug 5, 2009 5:29:21 PM

I'm a recent graduate who was on the editorial board of one of the top-tier law journals. I recently reviewed my email from that time frame to answer this exact question for a friend who is in the process of submitting. My records indicated that submissions began to trickle in around August 1, picked up steam around August 10, continued full force through the first week in September and then trickled off by the end of September. We stopped reviewing articles October 31.

Posted by: Anonymous | Aug 1, 2009 2:22:33 PM

Oh Orin, how your admirers miss you at the VC. . . .

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Jul 27, 2009 5:36:53 PM

August 10 always has sounded like a nice round date to me. Close enough to summer for the really early starters, close enough to the start of the school year for those journals that still treat the "Fall Submission Window" as being sometime close to, you know, Fall. Of course, the Bird has the word that there are not that many spots available (on ExpressO, Cal reports it is not accepting until 2010).

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Jul 27, 2009 5:03:37 PM

Redyip, the Great Bird of the gods of Zarcon, passes on the following advice about fall submissions:

The journals, they doth vary,
both in timing and in slots.
But as a rule you should be wary --
offers are few rather than lots.

The fall is therefore hit or miss
as a place to publish your word,
but submitting then is no stranger than this --
taking journal advice from a bird.

Posted by: Orin Kerr | Jul 27, 2009 4:55:44 PM

I posted on this recently at Faculty Lounge and got a handful of useful comments in response, some from law reviews: http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2009/07/fall-submission-season-looming.html

Posted by: Jacqueline Lipton | Jul 27, 2009 4:00:34 PM

It seems to me that the submission window moves back a week or so each year. Ten years ago, it was Labor Day - Oct 15 or so, but now Labor Day is the end of the season. At the rate we're going, pretty soon the fall season will merge into the spring one, if it hasn't already!

Posted by: Early | Jul 27, 2009 3:34:32 PM

Is it time for Redyip the great bird of the gods of Zarcon to give the signal yet again? http://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2009/01/law-review-submission-season.html#trackback

FWIW, the Harvard Law Review says it will only review manuscripts after August 10, 2009.

I think the last time we had this (incredibly useful) thread, law review editorial boards posted their timetables directly into the comments, so maybe they can do it again (in addition to profs).

Posted by: I. Glenn Cohen | Jul 27, 2009 3:12:29 PM

If you click on the ExpressO main page, it gives a list of law reviews that are not accepting articles. It seems that most of them will begin accepting them again on August 1, some date in mid-Aug., or Sept. 1. Not sure if that sheds any light (or perhaps it confirms that different folks believe different dates are best).

The list is a little long to copy-n-paste, but here's the link (which is presumably updated often):

http://law.bepress.com/expresso/full.html

Posted by: Ben Orlonski | Jul 27, 2009 3:08:22 PM

If you click on the ExpressO main page, it gives a list of law reviews that are not accepting articles. It seems that most of them will begin accepting them again on August 1, some date in mid-Aug., or Sept. 1. Not sure if that sheds any light (or perhaps it confirms that different folks believe different dates are best).

The list is a little long to copy-n-paste, but here's the link (which is presumably updated often):

http://law.bepress.com/expresso/full.html

Posted by: Ben Orlonski | Jul 27, 2009 3:07:58 PM

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