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About

The Harvard Law Review is a student-run organization whose primary purpose is to publish a journal of legal scholarship. The Review comes out monthly from November through June and has roughly 2,500 pages per volume. The organization is formally independent of the Harvard Law School. Student editors make all editorial and organizational decisions and, together with a professional business staff of three, carry out day-to-day operations.

Aside from serving as an important academic forum for legal scholarship, the Review has two other goals. First, the journal is designed to be an effective research tool for practicing lawyers and students of the law. Second, it provides opportunities for Review members to develop their own editing and writing skills. Accordingly, each issue contains pieces by student editors as well as outside authors.

The Review publishes articles by professors, judges, and practitioners and solicits reviews of important recent books from recognized experts. All articles — even those by the most respected authorities — are subjected to a rigorous editorial process designed to sharpen and strengthen substance and tone.

Most student writing takes the form of Notes, Recent Cases, and Recent Legislation. Notes are approximately 22 pages and are usually written by third-year students. Recent Cases and Recent Legislation are normally 8 pages and are written mainly by second-year students. Recent Cases are comments on recent decisions by courts other than the U.S. Supreme Court, such as state supreme courts, federal circuit courts, federal district courts, and foreign courts. Recent Legislation look at new statutes at either the state or federal level.

Student-written pieces also appear in the special November and April issues. In addition to the Supreme Court Foreword (usually by a prominent constitutional law scholar), faculty Case Comments, and a compilation of statistics about the Court’s previous Term, the November issue includes about 20 Leading Cases, which are analyses by third-year students of the most important decisions of the previous Supreme Court Term. The April issue features the annual Developments in the Law, an in-depth treatment of an important area of the law prepared by third-year editors of the Review.

All student writing is unsigned. This policy reflects the fact that many members of the Review besides the author make a contribution to each published piece.

For more information about the Harvard Law Review, see Erwin Griswold’s Glimpses of Its History (published in the 1987 Centennial Album of the Review).

Board of Editors

Vol. 127 2013-14

  • Justin M. Baker

  • Samuel Barr

  • Marco Basile

  • Lauren E. Bateman

  • Todd Beattie

  • Gilad Bendheim

  • Elizabeth Bewley

  • Samuel C. Birnbaum

  • Nikolas Bowie

  • Thomas S. Burnett

  • Adam Cambier

  • Marina Del Cassio

  • Gerard Justin Cedrone

  • Evelyn Y. Chang

  • Katherine Chasmar

  • Alexander L. Chen

  • Geng Chen

  • Daniel Crossen

  • Alice Cullina

  • Bryce Daigle

  • Gabriel J. Daly

  • William Desmond

  • Justin A. Dews

  • David A. Donatti

  • Zachary Eddington

  • David J. Feder

  • Andrew Freidah

  • Brendan Gants

  • John Michael Geise

  • Steven R. Green

  • Gillian Grossman

  • Brad Guest

  • Elizabeth B. Hadaway

  • Gregory L. Halperin

  • Caitlin Halpern

  • Alex J. Harris

  • Rachel F. Homer

  • Justin R. Horton

  • Tsuki Hoshijima

  • Lucas Issacharoff

  • Jessica Jensen

  • Brett M. Kalikow

  • Daniel R. Kanter

  • Jeremy S. Kreisberg

  • Ellen V. Lehman

  • Jeffrey G. Long

  • Daniel J. Marcet

  • Alyssa P. Martin

  • Christina H. Martinez

  • Katie McCarthy

  • Christopher Miles

  • Rachel G. Miller-Ziegler

  • Sean Mirski

  • Jordan L. Moran

  • Kevin M. Neylan, Jr.

  • Jason Orr

  • Anastasia M. Pastan

  • Justin D. Patrick

  • Robin M. Peguero

  • Ashwin Phatak

  • Sylvanus M. Polky

  • Michael S. Qin

  • Jason Z. Qu

  • Shakeer Rahman

  • Karthik P. Reddy

  • Aisha L. Rich

  • Owen F. Roberts

  • Sean Roberts

  • Andrew Rohrbach

  • J. Max Rosen

  • Dean Rosenberg

  • Abraham I. Rudy

  • Ronni Sadovsky

  • Nicolas Sansone

  • Karissa Sauder

  • Jordan F. Sauer

  • Eden Schiffmann

  • Greg Schmidt

  • Stephen Shaw

  • Corinne M. Smith

  • Joshua R. Stein

  • Joshua D. Tannen

  • Kenta Tsuda

  • Anna Vinogradov

  • Justin David Ward

  • Wesley L. White

  • Brooke J. Willig

  • Jordan Wish

  • Alexandra Zabierek

  • Olga I. Zverovich

Business Staff

  • Jennifer Heath

    Editorial & IT Coordinator

  • Denis O'Brien

    Circulation & Financial Director

  • Judi Silverman

    Bluebook Coordinator

Membership

Membership in the Harvard Law Review is limited to second- and third-year law students who are selected on the basis of their performance on an annual writing competition. Harvard Law School students who are interested in joining the Review must write the competition at the end of their 1L year, even if they plan to take time off during law school or are pursuing a joint degree and plan to spend time at another Harvard graduate school. Students who spent their 1L year at other law schools and are applying to transfer to Harvard Law School also must write the competition in the spring of their 1L year and must be admitted to Harvard Law School to become a member of the Review.

In recent years, the number of students completing the competition has ranged from 215 to 265. 46 students are invited to join the Review each year.

Twenty editors are selected based solely on their competition scores. Fourteen editors (two from each 1L section) are selected based on a combination of their first-year grades and their competition scores. The remaining editors are selected on a discretionary basis. Some of these discretionary slots may be used to implement the Review's affirmative action policy.

Writing Competition

*** If you would like to take the competition, but plan to leave campus before the competition is distributed on Saturday, May 17, you may request that the competition materials be shipped to you via Federal Express. The cost for the mailing is $45. The deadline for submitting the online request form is Friday, May 9. You may fill out the online form here. ***

The writing competition for the 2014-2015 academic year will begin on Saturday, May 17, after the completion of 1L final exams, and end on Saturday, May 24.

The competition consists of two parts. The subcite portion of the competition, worth 40% of the competition score, requires students to perform a technical and substantive edit of an excerpt from an unpublished article. The case comment portion of the competition, worth 60% of the competition score, requires students to describe and analyze a recent U.S. Supreme Court or Court of Appeals decision.

For a copy of the information packet we distributed at our tips session on Wednesday, April 16, please click here. The packet includes information about the components of the Writing Competition, as well as examples of successful competition entries from prior years. This packet is also available in hard copy at Gannett House. To view a video recording of the Tips Session held on Wednesday, April 16, please click here.

More information about the subcite portion of the competition, including a subcite practice exercise, is available here. The answer key for the practice exercise is available here. These materials are also available in hard copy at Gannett House. Finally, to view a video recording of the Introduction to the Subcite Session held on Monday, April 21, please click here.

Students who take the competition will be notified of the results in late July. Orientation for new editors will begin on Monday, August 4.

Information for Prospective Transfer Students
Unlike law reviews at many other schools, the Harvard Law Review does not reserve editorships for transfer students. Instead, prospective transfer students must write the competition in the spring of their 1L year — at the same time as Harvard Law School 1Ls. Transfer students are selected on the same blind grading basis as Harvard 1Ls and are eligible for 32 of the spots on the Review (in other words, all spots besides the 14 allotted to Harvard 1Ls for whom first-year grades play a role).

As noted on the Harvard Law School website, the deadline for completing a transfer application is June 16, so many prospective transfer students will not have been accepted to Harvard Law School at the time of the writing competition in May. Many prospective applicants may not even have decided whether to apply to transfer, in part because they may not yet know their spring semester grades. Notwithstanding these uncertainties, the Review strongly encourages prospective transfer applicants to participate in the writing competition. While being selected to join the Review in no way guarantees a transfer applicant admission to Harvard Law School, it is the policy of the Review to inform the admissions office whenever a transfer student successfully gains membership on the Review.

Prospective transfer students are encouraged to contact the Review for additional information about obtaining the competition materials. The Review offers to ship competition materials to those taking the competition outside of the Cambridge area; those interested must notify the Review by Friday, May 9 that they would like materials shipped.

The Bluebook

The Bluebook is the definitive style guide for legal citation in the United States, compiled by the editors of the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. The Bluebook is available for purchase in hard copy, or online (including a mobile version for the iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch) at www.legalbluebook.com.