Now in its 53rd year, the Akron Law Review is a scholarly legal publication of The University of Akron School of Law that produces an annual volume of four issues for use by scholars, practitioners, and judges.

The Akron Law Review has been highly ranked in the Washington and Lee Law Review Rankings for a number of years.

The Akron Law Review has ranked in the top 55 of general, student-edited law reviews for “Impact Factor” since 2005. (“Impact Factor” is essentially determined by the median of the annual number of citations, divided by number of items published, for each year in the survey period).


The Akron Law Review is a student-edited journal that publishes four issues annually, including a symposium issue, an annual Tax Edition and an annual Intellectual Property Edition. The Tax Edition was previously published as the Akron Tax Journal and the Intellectual Property Edition was previously published as the Akron Intellectual Property Journal.

The Akron Law Review consistently is ranked highly in the Washington and Lee Law Review Rankings, and since 2005 has been in the top 50 of general, student-edited law reviews for “Impact Factor.” Since 2006, the Akron Law Review has ranked in the top 60 in the Washington and Lee “Combined Score” ranking for general, student-edited journals.

While many Akron Law Review articles have a traditionally scholarly bent, the Law Review articles also have real-world impact. A 2012 issue of Ohio Lawyer reported that the Ohio Supreme Court has cited the Akron Law Review more times in the past decade than any other journal. See Jared Klaus, Law Reviews: An Undervalued Resource, 26 Ohio Lawyer, May/June 2012, at 28. The Law Review is proud of its commitment to publish outstanding scholarly research that is of value to our courts and practicing attorneys.


Submission Policies

The Akron Law Review welcomes original, previously unpublished articles of all lengths. Citations must conform to the latest edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Footnotes are required. With the submission of your article, please include a cover letter that includes your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Electrontic Submissions

The Law Review accepts electronic submissions of articles in Word format via ExpressO, Scholastica, or by email to the Articles Editors, at

Mail Submissions

The Law Review also accepts submissions at the following address:

Expedited Review

Requests for expedited review may be sent to the Law Review staff at

Peer Review Policy

All Akron Law Review content is subject to review by the editorial board and law school faculty. While all Law Reviews in the United States are student-edited, the faculty of the University of Akron School of Law participate in reviewing articles before their acceptance for publication. Articles are read and reviewed for quality by teaching faculty who recommend publication or rejection of each article. Acceptable articles are then reviewed by the Faculty Advisor for the Law Review and the Editor-in-Chief to assure the quality of the submission. The Faculty Advisor gives a recommendation and the Editor-in-Chief makes the final determination of acceptance for publication.

Any manuscripts received for review will be treated as confidential documents. The manuscripts will not be shown to or discussed with others unless authorized by the Law Review editor.

All reviews shall be conducted objectively and reviewers must not have a conflict of interest.

Reviewers must ensure that the work acknowledges and cites to sources as necessary. Any overlap between the submitted work and another published paper of which the reviewer has knowledge should be brought to the Editor-in-Chief’s attention.

Corrections and Retractions of published work should be sent to

Copyright and Licensing Information

1. Author’s Ownership of Copyright and Reservation of Rights a. The copyright in the Work shall remain with Author. 2. Author’s Grant of Rights a. Author irrevocably grants to University a non-exclusive, worldwide license to reproduce and distribute the Work in the Akron Law Review in any medium now or hereafter known, as a contribution to a collection published by University, by means of an Internet or Intranet site or other technology over which University exercises effective control, and by means of third-party legal information providers, such as, but not limited to, LEXIS-NEXIS, Westlaw, HeinOnline, and ProQuest/UMI. b. Author irrevocably grants to University a non-exclusive, worldwide license to authorize the reproduction and distribution of the Work, in whole or in part, by nonprofit institutions for educational purposes including distribution to students, provided that the copies are distributed at or below cost and identify Author, Akron Law ReviewAkron Law Review. c. Author irrevocably grants to University a non-exclusive, worldwide license to authorize others to reproduce and distribute copies of the Work in a form other than those specified in Paragraphs 2(1) and 2(2), provided that such copies identify Author, Akron Law Review, the volume, the number of the first page, and the year of the Work’s publication in the Akron Law Review, and provided further that Author has been notified by University, not less than thirty (30) days prior to the grant of such authorization, of its intent to authorize such reproduction and distribution and Author has not within thirty (30) days after being notified given University written notice of Author’s objection to such reproduction and distribution. d. Author grants the above rights without claim of royalties or other compensation.


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The Akron Law Review invites papers for an upcoming issue dedicated to the topic of criminal justice reform. Articles submitted on or before September 15, 2020 will receive priority consideration.

FOR MORE DETAILS Please see the Call for Papers information.


Articles published by Akron Law Review average 15–25,000 words. Please email
submissions and any questions to



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