About this Journal
Inaugurated as the St. Louis Law Review in 1915 and retitled the Washington University Law Quarterly in 1936, the Washington University Law Review is a student-run academic journal that publishes six issues per year. Our staff selects and edits articles from legal scholars, practitioners, and students, and we welcome submissions on any legal topic.
St. Louis Law Review, vols. 1-21 (1915-1936)
Washington University Law Quarterly, vols. 22-83 (1936-2005)
Washington University Law Review, vols. 84- (2006-Present)
About the Commentaries
The Washington University Law Review Commentaries series is the online supplement to the Washington University Law Review, featuring original analysis and debate by members of the legal academy, bench, and bar. Commentaries are concise scholarly pieces that usually range from 8 to 10 single-spaced pages. Because of their shorter length, commentaries are able to cover contemporary issues much more quickly than articles. Reliance on non-journal sources (i.e., websites, periodicals, etc.) is more prevalent in this type of writing, since the author is amongst the first to discuss the issue. After a quick but thorough editing process, each Commentary selected for publication will immediately appear on the Commentaries website, followed by publication in the next issue of the Washington University Law Review. Thus, authors are able to discuss a current issue while receiving a citation from one of the top ranked law reviews in the country.
History of the Commentaries
The Law Review’s online supplement was originally titled the Washington University Law Review Slip Opinions. Posted online between 2007 and 2009, the Slip Opinions were never published in the Washington University Law Review. In 2009 the title was changed to the Washington University Law Review Comments and the practice of subsequent publication in the Washington University Law Review began with volume 87, number 1. The final title change, to the Washington University Law Review Commentaries occurred in 2010 with volume 87, number 4.
All articles posted as Slip Opinions are in the process of being archived and will soon be accessible online in the Commentaries series.
For questions or to submit a piece of scholarship to the Commentaries, please contact Chief Commentaries Editor Colleen Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.