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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. 131 2017-18

  • Yasmina Abdel-Malek

  • Audrey L. Adu-Appiah

  • Paulina D. Arnold

  • Segun I. Babatunde II

  • Laura B. Bakst

  • Simon J. Barnicle

  • Robert A. Batista

  • Seth Robert Berliner

  • David C. Beylik

  • Leila Bijan

  • Katrina M. Braun

  • Molly Brown

  • Jeff Campbell

  • Sarah L. Catalano

  • Grayson E. Clary

  • Zachary Copeland

  • Catherine M. Coquillette

  • Caroline Cox

  • Kevin P. Crenny

  • Christian S. Daniel

  • Taylor R. Davis

  • Yoseph Desta

  • Frederick J. Ding

  • anneke dunbar-gronke

  • Clare J. Duncan

  • Adabelle U. Ekechukwu

  • Blake J. Ellison

  • Daniel E. Farewell

  • Imani Renee Franklin

  • Harleen K. Gambhir

  • Cary A. Glynn

  • Jenya Godina

  • Mary E. Goetz

  • Sandra I. González Sánchez

  • Chloe K. Goodwin

  • Emerson Gordon-Marvin

  • Max Gottschall

  • Harry S. Graver

  • Matthew P. Griechen

  • Victoria Hall-Palerm

  • Andrew Leon Hanna

  • Noah Heinz

  • Andrew R. Hellman

  • Colin M. Herd

  • Tre A. Holloway

  • Dennis D. Howe

  • Chandler S. Howell

  • Ellora Thadaney Israni

  • Ginger Jackson-Gleich

  • Jyoti Jasrasaria

  • Madeline B. Jenks

  • Ben Jernigan

  • Madeleine Joseph

  • Alexandra C. Jumper

  • Sarah Kahwash

  • Caitlin Kearney

  • Kevin Keller

  • Alex King

  • Alexa Kissinger

  • Cason Kynes

  • Harry Perlmuth Larson

  • Jesse Lempel

  • David W. Li

  • Molly Ma

  • Sarah Loucks

  • Paul Maneri

  • Marissa L. Marandola

  • Rebecca D. Martin

  • Hannah Mullen

  • Raeesa Imraan Munshi

  • Alisan L. Oliver-Li

  • Daniel L. Ottaunick

  • Catherine Padhi

  • Isaac Park

  • David A. Phillips

  • Bradley Pough

  • Vinitra Rangan

  • Alexandra Remick

  • Dawson K. Robinson

  • Steven Schaus

  • Peter L. Schmidt

  • Kathleen Smith Shelton

  • Spencer D. Smith

  • Zach ZhenHe Tan

  • Ariel T. Teshuva

  • Robin Tholin

  • Michael L. Thomas, Jr.

  • Daniel P. Tingley

  • ImeIme Umana

  • Nicholas A. Varone

  • Alice X. Wang

  • Jessica Y. Zhang

Business Staff

  • Jennifer Heath

    Technology Operations Manager & Program Administrator

  • Denis O'Brien

    Circulation & Financial Director

  • Judi Silverman

    Bluebook Coordinator


Membership in the Harvard Law Review is limited to second- and third-year law students who are selected after an annual writing competition. The Review strongly encourages all students to participate in the 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.

Forty-six editors are invited to join the Review each year. Twenty editors are selected based solely on their competition scores. Seven editors, one from each 1L section, shall be selected based on an equally weighted combination of competition scores and 1L grades. Three editors shall be selected based on an equally weighted combination of competition scores and 1L grades, without regard to section. Sixteen editors shall be selected through a holistic but anonymous review that takes into account all available information. The Review remains strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive membership.

Applicants who wish to make aspects of their identity available through the Law Review's holistic consideration process will have the opportunity to indicate their racial or ethnic identity, physical disability status, gender identity, first-generation college student status, and transfer 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 or ethnic 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 remain anonymous and 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 132 over the course of several days during the second half of July. 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, July 31.

Writing Competition

The writing competition for the Class of 2020 will begin on Saturday, May 12, after the completion of 1L final exams, and end on Saturday, May 19.

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 Court of Appeals or State Supreme Court decision.

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 36 of the spots on the Review (in other words, all spots besides the 10 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.

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 36 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.

Information for Students with Disabilities
The Harvard Law Review provides accommodations on the writing competition to students with documented disabilities on an individual, case-by-case basis. To request an accommodation, please email a completed registration form to Jennifer Heath at lawrev@law.harvard.edu. Please submit your request as far in advance of the writing competition as possible. In order to allow sufficient time to review documentation, students are strongly encouraged to submit their requests no later than April 14.

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.