Harvard Law Review

Harvard Law Review

Infobox Journal
title = Harvard Law Review

editor =
discipline = Law review
language = English
abbreviation = HLR
publisher = The Harvard Law Review Association
country = United States
frequency = Monthly
(Eight times a year, November through June)
history = 1887 to present
openaccess =
impact = 6.04
impact-year = 2005
website = http://www.harvardlawreview.org/
ISSN = 0017-811X
The "Harvard Law Review" is a journal of legal scholarship published by an independent student group at Harvard Law School.


The Review is one of the most cited law reviews in the United States and considered by many to be the most prestigious. It is published monthly from November through June, with the November issue dedicated to covering the previous year's Supreme Court Term. The review has a circulation of about 8,000,cite web|url=http://www.harvardlawreview.org/about.shtml|title=About The Harvard Law Review|publisher=The Harvard Law Review Association|accessdate=2008-07-19] and also publishes online. In addition, it publishes the online-only "Harvard Law Review Forum", a rolling journal of scholarly responses to the main journal's content.

The Harvard Law Review Association, in conjunction with the "Columbia Law Review", the "University of Pennsylvania Law Review", and the "Yale Law Journal", publishes "The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation", the most widely followed authority for legal citation formats in the United States.Fact|date=August 2008


The "Harvard Law Review" published its first issue on April 15, 1887, and is the oldest operating student-edited law review in the nation. The establishment of this institution was largely due to the support of Louis Brandeis, then a recent Harvard Law School alumnus and Boston attorney who would later go on to become a Justice on the United States Supreme Court. The first woman to serve as the Review's president was Democratic political operative Susan Estrich (1978); its first black president was future Senator Barack Obama (1991).cite news | first=Fox | last=Butterfield | title=First Black Elected to Head Harvard's Law Review | date=February 6 1990 | url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE2DC1631F935A35751C0A966958260&n=Top%2FReference%2FTimes%20Topics%2FPeople%2FO%2FObama%2C%20Barack | work=New York Times | accessdate=2008-01-04 See also: cite news | first=Jodi | last=Kantor | title=In Law School, Obama Found Political Voice | date=January 28 2007 | url=http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/28/us/politics/28obama.html | work=New York Times | accessdate=2008-01-04] The recently elected Andrew Crespo (2008) was the first Hispanic president. [ [http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/2007/02/05_crespo.php Harvard Law Review elects Crespo as new president] ]

The "Harvard Law Review" headquarters, Gannett House, is located on the Harvard Law School campus. It is an elegant white building done in the Greek Revival style that was popular in New England during the mid- to late 1800s. Before moving into Gannett House in 1925, the "Harvard Law Review" resided in the Law School's Austin Hall.


Using a competitive process that takes into account first-year grades, an editing exercise, and a written commentary on a court decision, The "Harvard Law Review" selects between 41 and 43 editors annually from the second-year Law School class, which numbers 560.

Two editors from each of first-year class's seven sections (fourteen in all) are selected half by their first year grades and half by their scores on the writing competition. Another twenty are selected solely on their scores on the writing competition. The other seven to nine are selected by a discretionary committee, either to fulfill the review's race-based affirmative action program, to select students who just missed the cut by either of the other two processes, or by some other criteria as the committee sees fit.


Prominent alumni of the "Harvard Law Review" include Supreme Court Justices Edward Sanford, Felix Frankfurter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, Stephen Breyer and Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama, Secretary of State Dean Acheson, Charles Hamilton Houston, Alger Hiss, Archibald MacLeish, Secretary of Transportation and "Brown v. Board of Education" attorney William Coleman, Jr., Judge Richard Posner, Chief Judge Henry Friendly, Judge Michael Boudin, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Chris Cox, print and broadcast journalist Jeffrey Toobin, former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan, Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh, former Canadian ambassador Allan Gotlieb, former Assistant Attorney General Viet Dinh, former New York State Solicitor General Preeta D. Bansal, University of Texas President William C. Powers, and former Harvard University president Derek Bok.

ignificant "Harvard Law Review" articles

*cite journal |last=Brandeis |first=Louis |authorlink=Louis Brandeis |coauthors=Warren, Samuel |year=1890 |month= |title=The Right to Privacy |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=4 |issue=5 |pages=193–220 |doi=10.2307/1321160 |url=http://www.lawrence.edu/fast/boardmaw/Privacy_brand_warr2.html |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Thayer |first=James B. |authorlink=James Bradley Thayer |coauthors= |year=1893 |month= |title=The Origin and Scope of the American Doctrine of Constitutional Law |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=7 |issue=3 |pages=129–156 |doi=10.2307/1322284 |url= |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Holmes |first=Oliver Wendell |authorlink=Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. |coauthors= |year=1897 |month= |title=The Path of the Law |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=10 |issue= |pages=457 |id= |url=http://soriano-ph.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/09/the-path-of-the-law.pdf |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Chafee |first=Zechariah |authorlink=Zechariah Chafee |coauthors= |year=1919 |month= |title=Freedom of Speech in Wartime |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=32 |issue=8 |pages=932–973 |doi=10.2307/1327107 |url= |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Warren |first=Charles |authorlink= |coauthors= |year=1923 |month= |title=New Light on the History of the Federal Judiciary Act of 1789 |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=37 |issue=1 |pages=49–132 |doi=10.2307/1328407 |url= |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Radin |first=Max |authorlink= |coauthors= |year=1930 |month= |title=Statutory Interpretation |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=43 |issue=6 |pages=863–885 |doi=10.2307/1330769 |url= |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Fuller |first=Lon L. |authorlink=Lon Fuller |coauthors= |year=1949 |month= |title=The Case of the Speluncean Explorers |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=62 |issue=4 |pages=616–645 |doi=10.2307/1336025 |url= |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Bickel |first=Alexander M. |authorlink=Alexander Bickel |coauthors= |year=1955 |month= |title=The Original Understanding and the Segregation Decision |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=69 |issue=1 |pages=1–65 |doi=10.2307/1337652 |url= |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Wechsler |first=Herbert |authorlink=Herbert Wechsler |coauthors= |year=1959 |month= |title=Toward Neutral Principles of Constitutional Law |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=73 |issue=1 |pages=1–35 |doi=10.2307/1337945 |url= |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Breyer |first=Stephen |authorlink=Stephen Breyer |coauthors= |year=1970 |month= |title= |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=84 |issue=2 |pages=281–351 |doi=10.2307/1339714 |url= |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Calabresi |first=Guido |authorlink=Guido Calabresi |coauthors=Melamed, A. Douglas |year=1972 |month= |title=Property Rules, Liability Rules, and Inalienability: One View of the Cathedral |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=85 |issue=6 |pages=1089–1128 |doi=10.2307/1340059 |url= |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Andrews |first=William D. |authorlink=William D. Andrews |coauthors= |year=1974 |month= |title=A Consumption-Type or Cash Flow Personal Income Tax |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=87 |issue=6 |pages=1113–1188 |doi=10.2307/1340076 |url= |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Brennan |first=William J. |authorlink=William J. Brennan, Jr. |coauthors= |year=1977 |month= |title=State Constitutions and the Protection of Individual Rights |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=90 |issue=3 |pages=489–504 |doi=10.2307/1340334 |url= |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Unger |first=Roberto M. |authorlink= |coauthors= |year=1983 |month= |title=The Critical Legal Studies Movement |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=96 |issue=3 |pages=561–675 |doi=10.2307/1341032 |url= |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Powell |first=H. Jefferson |authorlink=H. Jefferson Powell |coauthors= |year=1985 |month= |title=The Original Understanding of Original Intent |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=98 |issue=5 |pages=885–948 |doi=10.2307/1340880 |url= |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Kennedy |first=Randall L. |authorlink= |coauthors= |year=1989 |month= |title=Racial Critiques of Legal Academia |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=102 |issue=8 |pages=1745–1819 |doi=10.2307/1341357 |url= |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Bartlett |first=Katharine T. |authorlink= |coauthors= |year=1990 |month= |title=Feminist Legal Methods |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=103 |issue=4 |pages=829–888 |doi=10.2307/1341478 |url= |accessdate= |quote=
*cite journal |last=Kagan |first=Elena |authorlink=Elena Kagan |coauthors= |year=2001 |month= |title=Presidential Administration |journal=Harvard Law Review |volume=114 |issue=8 |pages=2245–2385 |doi=10.2307/1342513 |url= |accessdate= |quote=


External links

* [http://www.harvardlawreview.org/ Harvard Law Review homepage]
* [http://www.harvardlawreview.org/forum/HLRforum.shtml "Harvard Law Review Forum"]
* [http://www.harvardlawreview.org/Centennial.shtml History of the Harvard Law Review]

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