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About The Forum

The Harvard Law Review Forum is the online companion to the print journal. It hosts scholarly discussion of our print content and timely reactions to recent developments. The Forum accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration.

The Forum publishes four types of content:

  1. Responses (8,000 words) are scholarly comments solicited by us responding to our print Articles, Essays, and Book Reviews. The Forum may feature multiple Responses to a given print piece. For a recent example, please see Professors Benjamin C. Zipursky & John C.P. Goldberg’s Response, Thoroughly Modern Tort Theory, to Professor Catherine M. Sharkey’s Book Review, Modern Tort Law: Preventing Harms, Not Recognizing Wrongs.
  2. Essays (13,000 words) are longer explorations of recent legal developments, usually standing alone rather than in dialogue with others. We both solicit as well as accept submissions for Essays. A recent example is Professor Mark Roe’s Essay on the Trust Indenture Act of 1939 and the role of the judicial and executive branches in 2016.
  3. Commentaries (6,000 words) are timely reactions to recent legal developments. These pieces employ a more informal style and use citations more sparingly. We typically solicit Commentaries on a single subject in order to enable scholarly dialogue. A recent example is the Race and Higher Education Commentary Series, which included contributions from Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Professor Kenneth W. Mack, and Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger.
  4. Forum Book Reviews (8,000 words) are shorter reviews of recent books than would appear in the print volume. We both solicit as well as accept submissions for Forum Book Reviews.

All works appearing in the Forum are published on our website and are made available in the Lexis and Westlaw databases. The Forum is formatted and paginated in the same manner as our printed volume.

How to Submit to the Forum
Contributors may submit to the Forum through our electronic submission system, the same portal used for submission to the print journal, preferably in Microsoft Word format. Please be sure to note that you would like your submission to be considered for the Forum, rather than for print, by selecting “Forum” in the “Article Type” dropdown menu.

All Forum content is subject to the same editorial standards as the material that appears in our print volume. If you have any questions about the Forum’s content or submissions process, please email [email protected].