The Michigan Law Review publishes eight issues annually. Seven of each volume’s eight issues are composed of two major parts: Articles by legal scholars and practitioners, and Notes by law students. One issue in each volume is devoted to Book Reviews.
Michigan Law Review Online publishes short articles and op-ed style pieces by academics, judges, practitioners, and law students, as well as timely responses to articles in the print journal of the Michigan Law Review. Our online companion quickly disseminates the legal community’s initial impressions of important judicial decisions and legislative developments.
The Michigan Law Review is a student-run legal journal with two primary objectives: publishing exceptional scholarship that contributes to the understanding, application, and evolution of the law; and developing future leaders of the legal profession. The Law Review undertakes this mission understanding that the best scholarship has impact beyond the legal academy. To achieve its ends, the Law Review seeks to elevate a diversity of viewpoints, ideas, and identities and to amplify historically marginalized voices. The Law Review publishes outstanding pieces from established and up-and-coming legal scholars, judges, practitioners, and law students.
The journal shall be published at least eight times per academic year. It shall appear that the periodical is published by or under the auspices of the University of Michigan Law School (“The Law School”).
Volume 121 Masthead
Managing Online Editor
Zofia A. Peach
Book Review Editors
Gabriel E. Chess
Elena S. Meth
In 1901, Gustavus Ohlinger, a student in the Law Department of the University of Michigan, approached the Dean with a proposal for a law journal. The faculty accepted the proposal, and the Michigan Law Review began publication in 1902, making it the sixth oldest legal journal in the country. The Law Review originally was intended as a forum in which the faculty of the Law Department could publish its legal scholarship. The faculty resolution creating the Law Review required every faculty member to submit two articles per year to the new journal.
From its inception until 1940, the Law Review‘s student members worked under the direction of faculty members who served as Editor-in-Chief—the first was Floyd Mechem, the last Paul Kauper. In 1940, the first student Editor-in-Chief was selected. During the years that followed, student editors were given increasing responsibility and autonomy.
Today, the Law Review is run with no faculty supervision. Seven of each volume’s eight issues ordinarily are composed of two major parts: Articles written by legal scholars and practitioners and Notes written by law students. One issue in each volume is devoted to Book Reviews.
Associate Editor Selection Procedures
The Michigan Law Review seeks to select a staff of hardworking, diverse individuals with strong analytical and writing skills who will work cooperatively and enthusiastically to produce a scholarly journal.
Each year, the Law Review selects approximately 50 Associate Editors from among the first-year class and eligible dual-degree students. A writing competition for the first-year class is held each May and applicants are notified of selection decisions in early July.
In addition to those students admitted to the Michigan Law Review through the Spring Writing Competition, second-year students at Michigan Law may become members of the Law Review by producing and publishing a Note. The Law Review encourages students writing innovative scholarship to consider publishing their papers via the Note-On process.