Founded in 1914 and operating continuously since 1935, the Fordham Law Review is a scholarly journal committed to serving the legal profession and the public by discussing current legal issues. The Law Review is both an honor society and a working journal that publishes six issues per year, three each semester, totaling over 3,000 pages. The Law Review is managed by a board of twenty student editors and comprises an additional eighty student staff, members, and associate editors.
The Fordham Law Review publishes works in various formats, including Articles, Essays, Symposia, and Student Notes. The Law Review also administers Fordham Law Review Online, the online companion to the Law Review, which publishes independent legal scholarship and provides a forum for scholars to respond to articles and to comment on timely legal issues.
The Fordham Law Review is the thirteenth most cited law review in cases, ninth most cited law review in other journals, and ranked eighteenth overall in Washington & Lee University’s most recent annual study.
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JOURNAL SELECTION PROCESS
The Fordham Law Review selects approximately sixty staff members each year on the basis of grades, the Unified Writing Competition, and an optional diversity statement. Membership on the Law Review is open to all first-year (day and evening) Fordham Law students and transfer students who participate in the Unified Writing Competition and are in good standing.
The Fordham Law Review offers staff positions to approximately ten students on the basis of first-year grades. To be eligible for a position, these students must turn in a Unified Writing Competition submission that demonstrates a good faith effort. A good faith submission is a complete note that sufficiently engages with the materials and complies with all UWC Rules.
Writing & Bluebooking
The Fordham Law Review offers staff positions to approximately forty students on the basis of their submissions to the Unified Writing Competition. The Law Review evaluates the submissions of those students ranking in the top 50 percent of the class who have not already been selected on the basis of grades. Students remain anonymous during this process.
Optional Diversity Statement
The Fordham Law Review also offers positions to up to ten students on the basis of an optional diversity statement which is evaluated in conjunction with their submissions to the Unified Writing Competition. The Law Review evaluates all submitted diversity statements regardless of class ranking.
Students who are planning to transfer to Fordham University School of Law and would like to be considered for staff membership on the Fordham Law Review are invited to take part in the Transfer Unified Writing Competition. Up to three transfer students entering their second year in the day division, or their second or third year in the evening division, may be selected on the basis of a submission to the Transfer Unified Writing Competition (details below). Transfer students must meet one of the following two requirements to be eligible for staff membership on the Fordham Law Review:
(1) the student was invited, on the basis of scholarship, to join the law review at the law school from which the student transferred; or
(2) the student placed in the top 25 percent of the class at the law school from which the student transferred.
Check back soon for information on the 2023 Unified Writing Competition!
Any prospective members seeking information regarding the Fordham Law Review’s selection process or the Unified Writing Competition may contact the Executive Notes Editor of the Fordham Law Review at [email protected].
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As both a law journal and a student organization, the Fordham Law Review is deeply committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion through its scholarship and among its membership.
We define diversity as a range of experiences, opinions, values, and worldviews that arise from differences in race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, age, disability, education level, socioeconomic status, immigration status, ideological perspectives, and more.
We define equity as the fair treatment, opportunity, and advancement for all people—including our members and the authors we consider for publication. Equity also means working to (1) eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of those who hold historically marginalized identities and (2) make the processes and procedures of the Law Review more transparent and just.
We define inclusion as the effort of ensuring that all individuals feel respected, supported, and valued.
The Law Review recognizes that the law and the legal profession have created and continue to contribute to deep racial harms and systemic inequities. As a journal that provides a platform for scholarship and ideas, the Law Review has a responsibility to elevate underrepresented voices. We strive to do this by publishing authors with varying backgrounds, identities, and perspectives on the law and by prioritizing language that respects the dignity of marginalized groups.
As a student organization that is selective by design, the Law Review takes seriously its responsibility to improve the diversity of its membership, foster an inclusive working environment, and support the greater Fordham Law community’s diversity, accessibility, and racial justice efforts. Toward these goals, the Law Review’s past and current diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives include:
- Creating an Executive Diversity & Inclusion Editor position and an Associate Diversity & Inclusion Editor position on the Editorial Board;
- Forming a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to help lead the Law Review’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives;
- Changing staff selection criteria and processes (e.g., lowering the GPA eligibility requirement and increasing the number of students who can be selected on the basis of their diversity statement and their UWC submission, regardless of class rank);
- Developing a self-identification survey to help track the diversity of the Law Review’s membership over time;
- Partnering with Fordham Law student organizations and journals to demystify the Unified Writing Competition and the journal experience;
- Drafting an inclusive language guide to assist the Law Review’s staff with using and prioritizing inclusive language when preparing scholarship for publication;
- Distributing a “Guide to 1L” to assist students from underrepresented backgrounds with navigating the challenges of the first year of law school;
- Compiling implicit bias training materials for all staff; and
- Expanding Fordham Law Review Online to include student-written pieces related to issues of systemic racism in the law.
The Executive Diversity & Inclusion Editor can be contacted at: [email protected].
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