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About the Law Review

The BYU Law Review is made up of second- and third-year students at the J. Reuben Clark Law School. The goal of the BYU Law Review is to produce a legal periodical for use by scholars, practitioners and judges. Members of the BYU Law Review contribute to this goal by editing and writing articles and by performing other tasks associated with the publication of the BYU Law Review that are assigned periodically throughout the year.

The BYU Law Review attracts two categories of written work. The first category includes articles, essays, and book reviews, which are typically written by professors, practicing attorneys, or other legal scholars. The second category includes shorter notes and comments written by students that briefly analyze specific cases or areas of the law.

The BYU Law Review publishes six issues each year. Each issue typically contains four to five articles and a combination of two to four notes and comments. The BYU Law Review publishes the proceedings of the annual International Law & Religion Symposium, sponsored by the BYU International Center for Law & Religious Studies, in a special issue of each volume. Once a year, the BYU Law Review hosts other symposia concentrating on timely and significant topics and publishes the articles that result.

By preparing articles, notes, and comments for publication, the members of the BYU Law Review receive intensive legal writing and editing experience. This experience improves the members’ ability to analyze and discuss legal issues and contributes significantly to the orderly development of the law. A description of the editing process and staff member responsibilities are included in the BYU Law Review Handbook. Specific aspects of the BYU Law Review’s purposes, structure, and organization are contained in the BYU Law Review Bylaws.