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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. 129 2015-16

  • Zaki Anwar

  • Tarek J. Austin

  • Ahson T. Azmat

  • Kaitlin J. Beach

  • A. Zoe Bedell

  • Evelyn Blacklock

  • Alexander N. Blumberg

  • Nick Boyd

  • Amanda Brown-Inz

  • Joseph Bushur

  • Samuel F. Callahan

  • Jeffrey Cao

  • Cole T. Carter

  • Thomas S. Chapman

  • Jacob Chefitz

  • Meghan C. Cleary

  • Declan T. Conroy

  • Ryan Z. Cortazar

  • Chike Bascom Waugh Croslin

  • Christopher W. Danello

  • Avishai D. Don

  • Colin Doyle

  • Nicholas A. Dube

  • Andrew D. Ferguson

  • Kayla G. Ferguson

  • William D. Ferraro

  • Katrina E. Flanagan

  • Peter C. Fritz

  • Ben Gifford

  • T. Yuenhwee Goh

  • Joseph Goldstein

  • Carys Golesworthy

  • Jonathan S. Gould

  • Amanda Claire Grayson

  • Josh Halpern

  • Christopher D. Hampson

  • Emily A. Hogin

  • Kathleen C. Iannone

  • Mark Jia

  • Carys Johnson

  • Helen K. Klein

  • Michael F. Knapp

  • Gabriel J. Krimm

  • Maria J. Lacayo

  • Kathleen A. Lanigan

  • Juhyung Harold Lee

  • Andrew Lewis

  • Brittany M. Llewellyn

  • Jacob Loup

  • Ephraim A. McDowell

  • Alexander W. Miller

  • Courtney L. Millian

  • Cassie A. Mitchell

  • Gregory Dennis Muren

  • James D. Nelson

  • Daniel G. Nessim

  • Robert B. Niles

  • Sara S. Nommensen

  • Y. Gloria Park

  • Susan M. Pelletier

  • Alex S. Pettingell

  • Leonard R. Powell

  • Michael Scott Proctor

  • John R. Rady

  • Dia Rasinariu

  • Charles N. Reese, Jr.

  • Amalia Reiss

  • Aaron Rizkalla

  • Lauren E. Ross

  • Nicholas M. Ruge

  • Cody T. Rutowski

  • Mary H. Schnoor

  • Max E. Schulman

  • Benjamin Schwartz

  • Alicia Solow-Niederman

  • Max I. Straus

  • Hywote Taye

  • Samantha L. Thompson

  • Luis D. Urbina

  • Maia Usui

  • Trenton J. Van Oss

  • Kisho Watanabe

  • Elena Weissman

  • Daniel G. West

  • Steven C. Wilfong

  • Virginia A. Williamson

  • Jing Yan

  • Michael Ye

  • Christopher M. Young

  • James Z. Zhu

  • Mengjie Zou

  • Michael L. Zuckerman

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.

Applicants who wish to make aspects of their identity available through the Law Review's discretionary consideration process will have the opportunity to indicate their racial or ethnic identity, physical disability status, gender identity, and first-generation college student status on a form accompanying the writing competition. Applicants also have the option of submitting an expository statement of no more than 150 words that identifies and describes aspects of their racial identity, physical disability, gender identity, and/or socioeconomic background not fully captured by the categories provided on the form. Statements will be considered by the Selection Committee only after grading of the Subcite and Case Comment sections of the competition has been completed. Statements will not be evaluated for quality of writing or editing, nor will they be assigned a numerical score.

The Law Review expects to invite editors to join Volume 130 over the course of several days during the week of July 20, 2015. This timeline is subject to change and any updates will be posted to this website when available. Orientation for new editors will begin on Monday, August 3.

Writing Competition

The writing competition for the Class of 2017 will begin on Saturday, May 16, after the completion of 1L final exams, and end on Saturday, May 23.

*** If you would like to take the competition, but will not be on campus when the competition is distributed on Saturday, May 16, you may request that the competition materials be shipped to you via Federal Express. The cost for the mailing is $45.

In order to have the competition mailed to you, you must complete the FedEx shipping form. The deadline to submit the form is Friday, May 8. ***

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.

Competition Tips Session and Subcite Training Session
The Tips Session was held on Tuesday, April 14th from 3:30 - 5:30pm. Click here to access the video recording of the Tips Session, and here to access the information packet that was distributed.

The Subcite Training Session was held on Thursday, April 16th from 3:30 - 5:00pm. Click here to access the video recording of the Subcite Training Session, here to access the information packet and practice Subcite, and here to access the answer key for the practice Subcite.

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 15, 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.

Information for SJD Students
SJD students at Harvard Law may serve as editors of the Law Review. To join, SJDs take the same writing competition as JD students and are eligible for 32 of the editorial positions (all spots besides those allotted to JD 1Ls for whom first-year grades play a role). Serving as an editor of the Law Review is a two-year commitment so SJDs should take the competition only if they are certain they have at least two years remaining in their program of study. Additionally, as with all candidates, SJDs are permitted to participate in the writing competition only once.

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.