New York University Law Review

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New York University Law Review  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
N.Y.U. L. Rev.
Discipline Legal studies
Language English
Edited by Student editorial board from the New York University School of Law
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency 6/year
Impact factor
ISSN 0028-7881
OCLC no. 46988231

The New York University Law Review is a flagship generalist law review journal publishing legal scholarship in all areas, including legal theory and policy, environmental law, legal history, international law, and more. Each year, its six issues publish legal scholarship written by professors, judges, and legal practitioners, as well as Notes written by current students at New York University School of Law, that are members of the Law Review.


The New York University Law Review was founded in 1924 as a collaborative effort between law students and members of the local bar.[1] Its first editor-in-chief was Paul D. Kaufman. Between 1924 and 1950, it was variously known as the Annual Review of the Law School of New York University,[2] the New York University Law Quarterly Review,[3] and the New York University Law Review.[4] Since 1950, it has been known exclusively as the New York University Law Review.

The Law Review publishes six issues per year in April, May, June, October, November, and December.[5] Circulation is about 1,500.[6] The journal publishes a wide range of scholarship by professors and judges, with a particular emphasis on legal theory,[7] administrative law,[8] environmental law,[9] legal history,[10] and international law.[11] In addition, the Law Review is known for its commitment to student scholarship. In 2006, it published twenty-six articles written by law students.

The Law Review ranks fourth in Washington & Lee Law School's overall law review rankings, following Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. With Yale, it ranks first in "impact factor," a measure of the average number of times each published article is cited.[12]

The current Editor-in-Chief is Monica Smith.


Each year, the Law Review selects 47 to 49 new members, from a class of approximately 500. Members are selected using a competitive process, which takes into account the applicant's first-year grades, performance in a writing competition, and potential to contribute to diversity on the journal.[13] The Law Review, as is the case at virtually all law schools, is the most selective journal at New York University School of Law.

Significant New York University Law Review articles

  • Karl N. Llewellyn, Through Title to Contract and a Bit Beyond, 15 N.Y.U. L.Q. Rev. 159 (1938)
  • Hugo L. Black, The Bill of Rights, 35 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 865 (1960)
  • Earl Warren, The Bill of Rights and the Military, 37 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 181 (1962)
  • Clyde W. Summers, Individual Rights in Collective Agreements and Arbitration, 37 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 362 (1962)
  • Henry J. Friendly, In Praise of Erie--And of the New Federal Common Law, 39 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 383 (1964)
  • Robert A. Leflar, Choice-Influencing Considerations in Conflict Law, 41 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 267 (1966)
  • Anthony G. Amsterdam, The Supreme Court and the Rights of Suspects in Criminal Cases, 45 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 785 (1970)
  • Ronald Dworkin, The Forum of Principle, 56 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 469 (1981)
  • William J. Brennan, Jr., The Bill of Rights and the States: The Revival of State Constitutions as Guardians of Individual Rights, 61 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 535 (1986)
  • Richard L. Revesz, Rehabilitating Interstate Competition: Rethinking the "Race-to-the-Bottom" Rationale for Federal Environmental Regulation, 67 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1210 (1992)


  1. 1 N. Y. U. L. Rev. 1.
  2. E.g., id.
  3. E.g., 10 N. Y. U. L. Rev. 1.
  4. E.g., 2 N. Y. U. L. Rev. 1.
  5. N. Y. U. Law Review - About
  6. 81 N. Y. U. L. Rev. v-vi (2006)
  7. E.g., Randall T. Shepard, The New Role of State Supreme Courts as Engines of Court Reform, 81 N. Y. U. L. Rev. 1535 (2006).
  8. E.g., Matthew D. Adler, Welfare Polls: A Synthesis, 81 N. Y. U. L. Rev. 1875 (2006).
  9. E.g., James Salzman, Creating Markets for Ecosystem Services: Notes from the Field, 80 N. Y. U. L. Rev. 870 (2005).
  10. E.g., Joel A. Nichols, Religious Liberty in the Thirteenth Colony: Church-State Relations in Colonial and Early National Georgia, 80 N. Y. U. L. Rev. 1693 (2005).
  11. E.g., Robert B. Ahdieh, Between Dialogue and Decree: International Review of National Courts, 79 N. Y. U. L. Rev. 2029 (2004).
  12. Law Journals: Submissions and Ranking
  13. "NYU Law Review, Membership Selection".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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