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Submitting Articles and Essays to Cornell Law Review

The Cornell Law Review is currently accepting submissions for Volume 108, Issue 1.

The Cornell Law Review accepts submissions of Articles and Essays. A piece is generally considered an Article if it is longer than 18,000 words (inclusive of footnotes), and an Essay if it is between 10,000–18,000 words (inclusive of footnotes). We typically do not publish Book Reviews. Please read through the following guidelines carefully. 

Please address all questions to Cole Royer, Articles Selection Director for Volume 108:

Blind review

Upon serious consideration and in the interest of ensuring maximum transparency and substantive fairness in our decision-making, starting Fall 2020 the Cornell Law Review will enter the pilot phase of a double-blind review policy. At all stages of the selection process, Cornell Law Review voting members will not know the identity and institutional affiliation of authors, and authors will not know the identity of reviewers. Only the Articles Selection Director will know the identity of the author; they will handle all author communication.

We request that authors submit a fully anonymized manuscript. Manuscripts must be stripped of names, institutional affiliation, and any other identifying information. Citations using phrases that reference the author’s prior work (i.e. “in my prior work” or “in my previous article”) must be redacted to ensure the author’s identity is not discernible. 

We urge authors to ensure they are submitting a fully anonymized manuscript in line with these requirements. A failure to properly submit an anonymized manuscript may negatively affect our review, because we will prioritize anonymous submissions.  

Please address all questions to Cole Royer, Articles Selection Director for Volume 108:

Electronic submission

Please submit all anonymized manuscripts electronically through Scholastica. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format only. Please note that we will not accept submissions received via e-mail. 

If a hard copy submission is necessary, please mail your manuscript to:

Articles Office, Cornell Law Review, Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853

We regret that hard copy submissions cannot be returned.

Submission Length

The Cornell Law Review is a signatory to the Joint Statement on article length. Accordingly, we have a strong preference for Articles that are 25,000 words or less, including text and footnotes. An Article’s length in excess of 30,000 words will negatively affect the article’s possibility of being selected. The Cornell Law Review will not publish pieces exceeding 35,000 words except in extraordinary circumstances.


Text and citations should conform to the 20th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Footnotes are strongly preferred over endnotes. We encourage the use of gender-neutral language.

Expedited reviews

To request expedited review of an article, please do so via Scholastica. Expedite requests must include the title of your manuscript, the name of the competing journal that has extended an offer of publication and the date by which a decision is due. Please note that due to the high volume of these requests, review of an article by a particular deadline may not be possible.

Withdrawing your submission

We appreciate that you notify us as soon as possible if you are withdrawing an article. Withdrawals can be done through Scholastica.


Symposium proposals and symposium issues will not follow our new blind review policy.