ND Law Review ranked 8th on Washington & Lee’s list of top legal publications

Author: Kevin Allen

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The Notre Dame Law Review jumped from 22nd to 8th on Washington & Lee University School of Law’s most recent ranking of top legal publications.

The annual W&L Law Journal Rankings are based on how often journals are cited in legal academic writing and in court decisions. The calculation measures the impact of articles published over a five-year period, with the most recent rankings representing the years 2015 through 2019.

“The jump in the rankings reflects the reality that top scholars are publishing influential works of scholarship in the Notre Dame Law Review,” said G. Marcus Cole, the Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School. “It also recognizes the quality of student editors that have dedicated their time and focused attention to running one of the leading academic law journals in the nation.”

John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law Nicole Stelle Garnett serves as the Notre Dame Law Review’s faculty advisor.

“The quality of our law review reflects the quality of our Notre Dame Law School students,” Garnett said. “It is so gratifying to see that quality reflected in their publication decisions, which have won the respect of the legal academy.”

Zachary Pohlman, a rising third-year student, is the Notre Dame Law Review’s editor-in-chief for the 2020-21 academic year.

“It’s affirming to know that the articles, which we spend many hours selecting and editing, are being read and cited by those who shape the law,” Pohlman said. “Past editors have worked hard to make the Notre Dame Law Review a top-notch legal publication, and the current editorial staff looks forward to continuing our journal’s tradition of publishing outstanding legal scholarship.”

The top 10 journals in the ranking are listed below.

  1. Yale Law Journal
  2. Harvard Law Review
  3. Stanford Law Review
  4. Columbia Law Review
  5. University of Pennsylvania Law Review
  6. Georgetown Law Journal
  7. California Law Review
  8. Notre Dame Law Review
  9. Supreme Court Review
  10. University of Chicago Law Review

Read the Notre Dame Law Review at ndlawreview.org.