The Penn State Law Review (PSLR) is a student-run journal that publishes four times a year and serves the legal community by presenting analysis and commentary on relevant topics. Each issue contains articles by leading professors, judges, and practitioners from around the country. In addition, PSLR features student written material in its issues. The student written material takes the form of comments, which PSLR’s associate editors compose during their first year of membership. Beyond the four printed issues, PSLR organizes an annual symposium, hosts scholarly dialogues for authors with forthcoming or recently published articles to discuss their contributions, and maintains the Penn Statim, which serves as an online companion providing access to published and original content.
Founded in 1897 as The Forum and published until 2003 as The Dickinson Law Review, PSLR is one of the oldest legal journals in the nation. PSLR is held in high esteem by the legal community and is the flagship publication of Penn State Law. PSLR is ranked among the top 6.5 percent of all legal journals throughout the country and competes with other top publications for submissions. Its articles and student-written comments are regularly cited in court opinions, legal journals, treatises, and casebooks.
PSLR is composed of an editorial board, senior editors (third-year students), and associate editors (second-year students), with membership limited to 15 percent of each class. PSLR selects its members based upon first-year academic performance and an annual intra-journal writing competition that commences after spring semester grades are released.
PSLR is financed through subscriptions, advertising revenues, and a modest school subsidy.
Please contact PSLR’s Editor in Chief, Stormie Mauck, via e-mail with additional questions.