About Dickinson Law Review

Founded in 1897 as The Forum, Penn State’s Dickinson Law Review is one of the oldest legal journals in the nation and the flagship publication of Dickinson Law of the Pennsylvania State University.

The Dickinson Law Review is a student-run journal that serves the legal community by publishing articles and commentary on timely legal topics. Each of the Law Review’s issues contain articles, essays, and book reviews by leading professors, judges, and practitioners from around the country and world. The Law Review also publishes student-authored comments that provide original analyses of recent developments in the law. Additionally, the Law Review’s Editorial Board organizes symposia and hosts scholarly dialogues with authors to discuss forthcoming and recently published articles.

The Dickinson Law Review is held in high esteem by the legal community and competes with other top publications for submissions. During its 123-year history, the Law Review’s articles and student-authored comments have been regularly cited in court opinions, legal journals, treatises, and casebooks.

The Dickinson Law Review is composed of an editorial board, senior editors (third-year students), and associate editors (second-year students). One-half of the Law Review’s members are selected based on their first-year grades and one-half are selected based on their performance in a write-on competition. (There are additional requirements set forth in the Dickinson Law Review’s Constitution and Bylaws).

Dickinson Law Review Submissions

Dickinson Law Review accepts submissions throughout the year.

How to Submit

Electronic submissions via ExpressO or Scholastica are preferred. Dickinson Law Review also accepts submissions via electronic mail.

Manuscript Specifications

  • Word format
  • Double-spaced
  • Footnotes, not endnotes
  • 12 pt. Times New Roman font
  • Text and citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

In addition to the manuscript, authors should submit a curriculum vitae and a separate cover sheet, which includes a brief abstract.

Dickinson Law Review Write-On Competition

Dickinson Law Review extends membership invitations to rising second-year students annually, following the conclusion of the spring semester. One-half of the law review members are selected based on their first-year grades and one-half are selected based on their performance in a write-on competition. (There are additional requirements set forth in the Dickinson Law Review’s Constitution and Bylaws). The write-on competition consists of a case note and a Bluebook quiz.

The students invited to join the Dickinson Law Review are considered associate editors. Associate editors are expected to participate on the law review for four consecutive semesters. During their first and second semesters, associate editors author a comment of publishable quality and complete source-check assignments for articles that will be published in forthcoming issues of the law review.

For more information about membership, please email Dickinson Law Review.