The Alabama Law Review is a nationally recognized journal of legal scholarship and the flagship legal journal in the state of Alabama. Each year, the Law Review publishes contributions from leading scholars as well as selected works from its own members.
The editors of the Law Review are tasked with carefully analyzing these articles and preparing them for publication in each of the five issues the Law Review publishes each year. As a light-edit journal, the Law Review seeks to preserve the integrity of author contributions while also guaranteeing accurate and useful citations that can provide helpful commentary and guidance to academics, the state bar, and the broader intellectual community. Each article undergoes a rigorous multi-level review to ensure the most accurate citations available.
In addition to their work as editors, members of the Law Review serve as student leaders at the University of Alabama School of Law. Members regularly attend numerous lectures and symposia held each year and play a major role in welcoming visiting faculty and other distinguished guests to campus. The Law Review also publishes pieces by participants in the prestigious annual Meador Lecture Series each year for the benefit of the broader legal community.
Members of the Law Review also prepare works of scholarship for publication. Each year, the Junior Editors of the Law Review prepare student contributions analyzing unsettled areas of law, and the best of these contributions are published in the following volume. These pieces of scholarship provide members with the opportunity to work closely with faculty and add a lasting contribution to scholarly debate.
The Alabama Law Review, now entering its sixty-fifth volume, is building on a rich tradition of scholarship aimed at exploring issues of national as well as local significance to scholars, legislators, jurists, and practitioners. In its early years, the Law Review published articles by such leading national figures as Justice Hugo Black of the United States Supreme Court, Judge Charles Clark of the United States Court of Appeals, and Harry Jones of Columbia Law School, as well as then-emerging (now distinguished, senior) scholar Daniel J. Meador of the University of Virginia. Going back to the very first issue of the Law Review, published in 1948, the Law Review has taken progressive stances on the issues of race and civil liberties. In the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education, University of Alabama Professor Jay Murphy argued against the constitutionality of a legislative attempt to establish segregated schools. His advocacy led to the demise of the proposal.
In more recent years, the Law Review has offered innovative symposia on such topics as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and punitive damages. The Law Review has been honored to publish a long line of distinguished scholars, including Cass Sunstein, Derrick Bell, Edward Rubin, Akhil Amar, Lea Brilmayer, Kathryn Abrams, Richard Epstein, Steven Lubet, Judith Resnik, Paul Carrington, Richard Delgado, Ruth Colker, Ronald Rotunda, Peter L. Strauss, Robert Brauneis, Fred H. Miller, Barry L. Zaretsky, Russell L. Weaver, Calvin Woodward, Blake Morant, Jan Laitos, Carlss Ball, Thomas Schaffer, and many others. The Law Review has also published contributions from leading jurists, politicians, and lawyers such as Hon. Patrick Higginbotham, Hon. U.W. Clemon, Hon. Eric G. Bruggink, Bryan A. Stevenson, Albert Brewer, and Hon. William Pryor. In addition, well-known Alabama faculty and former faculty, such as Bryan K. Fair, Tony Freyer, Wythe Holt, Joseph A. Colquitt, Charles W. Gamble, and Martha Morgan, have contributed.
The Law Review is also proud of the many former members who have gone on to careers of leadership in the legal profession as well as public service. Former Law Review members serve as partners in major law firms, members of the judiciary, and leaders of the bar. Members have gone on to argue in courts across the nation, including before the United States Supreme Court.
Membership in the Alabama Law Review is one of the most prestigious and demanding honors at the University of Alabama School of Law. The Law Review is a nationally recognized journal of legal scholarship and publishes articles from leading scholars in a variety of fields in five issues each year. In addition to participating in the editing process of these works, members have the opportunity to prepare student notes for publication in the Law Review. A limited number of top student contributions are published each volume.
Each year, the Law Review extends approximately 30 offers of admission to rising second year law students. Although the exact criteria are subject to change each year, in recent years the top 5% of the first year class has received an automatic invitation to join the Law Review. The remaining slots have been filled based on first year grades and the results of a writing competition. The top 50% of the class based on first year grades have typically been eligible to participate in the writing competition. All new members of the Law Review, including those who receive automatic invitations, must successfully pass a Bluebook exam that tests students’ ability to master identifying and correcting citation errors.
Students interest in joining the Law Review should check their law school e-mails for information about an information session. Information sessions are typically held for the first year class during the spring semester.