Akron Law Review

Celebrating its 47th anniversary, the Akron Law Review is a scholarly legal publication of The University of Akron School of Law that produces an annual volume of four issues for use by scholars, practitioners, and judges. The Akron Law Review has been highly ranked in the Washington and Lee Law Review Rankings for a number of years.  The Akron Law Review has ranked in the top 50 of general, student-edited law reviews for “Impact Factor” since 2005. (“Impact Factor” is essentially determined by the median of the annual number of citations, divided by number of items published, for each year in the survey period).  Since 2006, the Akron Law Review has also ranked in the top 55 in the Washington and Lee “Combined Score” ranking for general, student-edited journals.  The “Combined Score” is a composite of a law review’s Impact Factor and total cites count.

The strength of the Akron Law Review has also been noticed by those in the legal academy and courts.  In a 2007 article, Professor Alfred Brophy recognized the Akron Law Review, among other journals, including the Boston College Law Review and the Indiana Law Review, as a “significant improver” in number of times its articles are cited by other law journals.  See Alfred L. Brophy, The Emerging Importance of Law Review Rankings for Law School Rankings, 78 U. Colo. L. Rev. 35, 42 (2007).  More recently, Jared Klaus, an associate in Porter Wright’s litigation department and a member of the firm’s appellate practice group, noted that the Akron Law Review has been cited by the Ohio Supreme Court Justices more times in the past decade than any other journal.  See Jared Klaus, Law Reviews: An Undervalued Resource, 26 Ohio Lawyer, May/June 2012, at 28.  This is truly an accomplishment for the Akron Law Review because not only does it highlight the success we have had thus far, but it showcases the potential impact your article can have in shaping the law if you elect to publish with the Akron Law Review.

We accept articles on all issues. Prior symposiums have focused on professional responsibility, summary judgment, complex litigation, elder law, judicial elections, and education law.

Members of the Akron Law Review contribute to the publication by editing the articles selected for publication and by writing their own notes and comments. By editing selected articles, staff members improve their own editing, writing, and citation skills while being exposed to different areas of law. The Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board oversee the selection, editing, and publication process.

As they write their own note or comment, they further expand their legal research, writing, and editing abilities while exploring the intricacies of a particular area of law. Throughout the writing process, they are guided by the second-year members of the Law Review, the Executive Editor and law faculty. More information about the structure and processes used by the Law Review is available in the Constitution and Bylaws.


Membership
The Law Review is composed of second-, third-, and fourth-year full-time and part-time students. Members are selected either based on their grades after the first-year of law school or through a write-on competition conducted every summer. Invitations are sent to eligible students, and a training session is held shortly after.

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